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Smell of pot leads to meth, gun and alleged drug supplier, feds say

Dreqeille Marqeise Nixon
Dreqeille Marqeise Nixon

The smell of marijuana during a traffic stop led police to meth, a firearm and a passenger who said he’s a drug supplier, according to a federal task force agent.

Dreqeille Marqeise Nixon, 23, claimed responsibility for about 3.4 pounds of meth, a large amount of cash and a .40-caliber handgun, a criminal complaint says. Nixon also reportedly said the marijuana just smoked had been his own.

The traffic stop was conducted about 7 p.m. Saturday on 28th Street. A Gulfport patrol officer stopped a 2008 Nissan Altima for an expired tag, a DEA Task Force agent said in his complaint.

Nixon, the woman who was driving the vehicle and a backseat passenger were told to get out of the car during the search, the agent said.

The officer reported finding a handgun and cash on the front passenger-seat floorboard and meth packaged in two bags in the backseat floorboard.

Nixon, whose nickname is Dre, said he’s a drug supplier in Gulfport and drops off drugs and picks up cash, the complaint said.

Nixon allegedly said he was carrying between $20,000 and $30,000, and said he carries a firearm for protection in case he’s robbed.

Nixon also said he was out of jail on bond from an arrest in Hattiesburg, where he faces a firearm charge and a charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. A criminal background check showed that was true, the agent said.

Nixon said he’s smoked up to half an ounce of marijuana a day in the past year, the agent said.

Nixon was brought to federal court for an initial appearance Monday.

Preliminary and detention hearings are set for Friday in U.S. District Court.

He is held on suspicion of drug trafficking.

The driver and other passenger were released pending further investigation.

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