Mississippi Gulf Coast Woman Arrested in Drug Importation Investigation

From:  News Release  1/25/17   GCN

An ongoing drug investigation led to the arrest of a Mississippi Gulf Coast woman Monday in connection with the importation of methadone from Mexico to the United States. And more arrests are expected, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy said Tuesday.

Fifty-year-old Sheila Mendez, of Pass Christian, faces a charge of possession of methadone, a Schedule II controlled substance, with the intent to distribute, Director Dowdy said.

The charge stems from execution of a search warrant at her residence where agents seized approximately 400 dosage units of methadone, which has an estimated street value of $8,000.

In addition, agents seized more than $3,800 in cash that is believed to be the proceeds from illegal drug distribution, Director Dowdy said.

The suspect’s arrest is the result of a month-long joint investigation by the MBN, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team, Harrison County Sheriff Department Narcotics and Pass Christian Police Department.

Mendez is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.