August 9, 2020

Three arrested after agents uncover more than 100 pounds of meth, heroin

Three men were arrested on the Gulf Coast after agents recovered more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine — one of the largest drug seizures ever for the region.

Aaron Whavers, 49, of Pass Christian, Mississippi, Gerald Jones, 64, of Mobile, Alabama, and Sharard Collier, 43, of Inglewood, California, were charged Tuesday, November 5, 2019, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Agents recovered more than 114 pounds of methamphetamine after they conducted searches Monday of Whavers’ residence in Pass Christian, and also a tractor-trailer truck parked at a truck stop in Long Beach.

Agents from the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Harrison CountyCoastal Narcotics Enforcement Team recovered approximately 51 pounds of methamphetamine and two pounds of heroin, a Glock .40 caliber pistol, and $30,000 from Whavers’ residence. Law enforcement also recovered approximately 63 pounds of methamphetamine from the tractor-trailer truck parked at the truck stop in Long Beach. The estimated value of the recovered narcotics is more than $1 million.

Whavers, Jones, and Collier made their initial appearances on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo, Southern District of Mississippi, and were ordered to be held without bond pending a detention and preliminary hearing. The detention and preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13 before United States Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker in Gulfport. If convicted, Whavers, Jones, and Collier face sentences of up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $10 million.