Crime

3 indicted in 'buckets of meth' case

Roy Lee Tatum
Roy Lee Tatum

GULFPORT -- A grand jury has indicted three people in the seizure of crystal meth and meth-laced wastewater said to be collected after the flushing of a toilet.

A two-count indictment filed Tuesday accuses the three of conspiring to distribute two pounds of meth.

Just one pound is punishable by 10 years to life in prison.

Held without bond are Tosh Santell Humphrey, 36, of Slidell; Roy Lee Tatum, 40, of Palestine, Texas; and Chiquita Clelaine Acker, 36, of Pearlington.

They have been held for federal marshals since their arrests April 8. That's the day Biloxi Black Beach Weekend started and a few days after drug agents say they learned of a meth supplier's plan to attend the festivities.

Federal agents learned Humphrey and Tatum had each brought meth and were staying at Acker's home, a criminal complaint said. Tatum reportedly arranged for Acker to deliver meth to a person later identified as a confidential source.

While one group of agents allegedly found Acker with two pounds of meth in a shoe box at the Flying J Travel Plaza in Gulfport, another group heard a toilet flushing as they tried to get inside Acker's house.

A task force agent broke a drainage pipe at Acker's home and collected wastewater in three five-gallon buckets, the complaint said; the wastewater tested positive for meth.

A date for arraignments was pending as of Thursday afternoon.

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