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11 kilos of cocaine in RV in Gulfport leads to indictment

Victor John Wendell Jr.
Victor John Wendell Jr.

GULFPORT -- A federal grand jury has indicted a man who allegedly told officers, "Ya'll got me good," when they found about 11 kilos of cocaine in his RV.

Victor John Wendell Jr., 69, will be arraigned Thursday on a three-count indictment in U.S. District Court.

An indictment filed May 3 charged Wendell with conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.

Wendell, by his own admission, was on his way to a Jackson County RV park April 12 when a Harrison County deputy pulled him over on a traffic violation in Gulfport, an affidavit said. The 1999 Coachmen RV he was said to be driving was drifting into other lanes.

Wendell appeared to be impaired and had crack cocaine and paraphernalia under the driver's seat, a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force agent said in the affidavit.

Deputies reportedly found fresh handprints and footprints on the RV and its roof. They found the cocaine hidden in the RV park's air-conditioning system, the agent said. The cocaine, he said, was in heat-sealed bags wrapped in electrical tape.

Wendell at first denied knowing about the cocaine, but later said, "I'm done, y'all got me good, I'm going to die in prison," the agent said.

When asked what he meant, Wendell reportedly said, "You got me."

Wendell told investigators it was his second trip to deliver cocaine in Jackson County, and said the plan was to meet with someone, collect the payment and return the cash to McAllen, Texas, the agent said.

Wendell is held with no bond.

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