Crime

DEA: Armed man nabbed in assault case was trafficking drugs

Brian Kenneth Evans
Brian Kenneth Evans

GULFPORT -- A man arrested on a domestic complaint with a death threat is now held on federal drug-trafficking charges.

Brian Kenneth Evans, 35, was in possession of a stolen firearm while trafficking meth, cocaine and MDMA, a club drug known as Ecstasy, according to a five-count indictment. He also is charged with receipt or possession and disposal of stolen firearms.

Gulfport police arrested him April 16 after responding to a complaint on Ponderosa Drive. Police said he assaulted a woman and threatened her with a handgun, telling her, "I will kill you if you call the police." Police issued a "be on the lookout" for Evans. An officer found him minutes later in a traffic stop on U.S. 49 near Airport Road.

Police said they seized from his vehicle 97 doses of Ecstasy, 108 grams of meth, and 208 grams of cocaine. They also said they seized an assault rifle, two pistols and a revolver. The revolver had been reported stolen in Baton Rouge, La.

And in his pants pocket, police said, were 3.3 grams of cocaine and 5.8 grams of marijuana.

The woman's injuries were not life-threatening.

Evans is held with no bond. Magistrate Judge John Gargiulo has deemed him a risk to the community. Evans has failed to appear in court on previous charges and regularly uses illegal drugs, Gargiulo's detention order said.

Evans will be arraigned May 19.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating the allegations.

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