VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - A dozen people are behind bars and 533 grams of pseudoephedrine is off the streets in Vancleave. This comes after a year long operation targeting those who buy the medicine in other states and bring it to Mississippi to make meth.
Authorities said the bust has kept more than $53,000 of meth from ever being made and sold.
"It's definitely a problem in Southern Mississippi," Drug Enforcement Administration's Danny Comeaux said. "It's destroying individuals, destroying communities and families."
The DEA, with the help of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, has spent the past year going after Christopher Carl "CC" Brown and those helping him make meth.
"They have been able to get away from this manufacturing meth for a long time," Jackson County Sgt. Brad Lewis said. "The DEA is taking an interest in this now and we are really trying to go after these guys with conspiracy and things like that and get the whole network, not just one or two people."
Brown has been arrested 16 times since 2005, mostly for making meth. Authorities said he has moved around from trailer to trailer making the drug, not only putting himself in danger, but those in the neighborhood.
We talked to a nearby neighbor on Plantation Road who said the community has been aware of the meth problem for many years now. They are thrilled something is finally being done.
"We have kids that test positive for meth as they are being born and as toddlers and things like that. So it's a huge problem. It's one of the most addictive drugs that's out there," Lewis said.
Some Vancleave residents are relieved that these men and women are off the streets.
"I think it's good that it will scare teenagers and helps them feel like they will get caught like anyone else," Tiffany Webb said. "It doesn't matter if you live in a small town."
But others said it won't make much of a difference.
"You are just circulating the system," Kristen Kelly said. "People go out and now people can make more, that's just the way it works."
But Comeaux said drug agents will keep going after meth makers.
"We are coming to get you. We have the resources, time, money to curtail the problem," Comeaux said.