A Pearlington man who authorities call a "drug kingpin" may have been selling cocaine near a Hancock County church and playground.
The alleged Gulf Coast drug kingpin is 30 year old Jeremy Lee of 6117 7th Avenue in Pearlington. Lee has been arrested by state and federal law enforcement officers after a six-month investigation, according to an official with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Warrants served at Lee's residence turned up approximately 185 grams of powdered and crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $18,000 along with two loaded handguns, Director Fisher said. Lee is charged with five counts of sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute as well as possession of cocaine.
Authorities tell WLOX News if convicted on the charges, Lee faces enhanced penalties because the drug sales occurred within 1500 feet of a church and playground, Director Fisher said.
The suspect was transported to the Hancock County Jail, where he was being held under a $300,000 bond.
In addition to the MBN, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration participated in the investigation.