Crime

Man admits meth distribution, but judge says he can’t accept plea

A Pass Christian man found with crystal meth has admitted being a drug supplier, but a federal judge declined to accept his guilty plea — because of a zero.

The indictment of Robert Necaise Jr., 42, contains a typographical error the government must correct before his plea can be accepted, Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. said in a court record.

The indictment said Necaise was found with at least 500 grams of meth March 12 when a Harrison County deputy pulled him over in a traffic stop. The correct amount is at least 50 grams, his attorney wrote in a court filing.

Federal drug trafficking penalties set a prison term of 10 years to life in prison for 50 grams or more of meth on a first offense.

Investigation started in 2015

Necaise came under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2015 after a confidential source was asked to buy one pound of meth from a person targeted in an investigation, a criminal complaint said.

The complaint is the sworn statement of a Hancock County sheriff’s narcotics agent assigned to a DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

The confidential source talked to the target, who offered to provide unlimited amounts of meth.

The source asked to buy one pound of meth from the target. They agreed to meet at TGI Fridaysrestaurant on Crossroads Parkway in Gulfport on Oct. 21, 2015.

The target showed up for the sale that night and was taken into custody. The target also had a Smith and Wesson Walther P33 near the driver’s seat of his vehicle.

Meth dealer identified Necaise

The target, a meth dealer, told a federal agent Necaise was his supplier, and told the agent where Necaise lives, the complaint said.

DEA agents searched Necaise’s home the next day. He wasn’t there, but his wife was, the complaint said. Agents said they found about 22 pounds of meth and $24,000 in the home and an Anderson AM-15 assault rifle in the master bedroom.

On March 12, a Harrison County deputy sheriff stopped Necaise on a careless driving violation. A K-9 and deputies found 10 ounces of meth and an unspecified amount of cash in his pickup truck. Deputies said they also found a Ruger .45-caliber pistol in the pickup.

Necaise’s recent guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute meth is based on the traffic stop.

Necaise has been unemployed since October 2015 and, by his own admission, had been using meth daily for 13 years, a document said. He admitted he had last used meth the day deputies arrested him.

He has been convicted of an unrelated drug distribution charge and had received a 15-year prison term with all but one year suspended, a detention order said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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