Blue lights surrounded Martin's Grocery in North Gulfport Tuesday evening as two people were brought out in handcuffs. About an hour later, agents walked out with 32 pounds of marijuana and spice worth an estimated $200,000.
Officers said they found the drugs in the attic.
"When you remove that kind of influence from the community, it's a win for everyone here," Gulfport Deputy Chief Chris Loposser said. "It's a win for the police because it reduces our calls for service when we don't have drug deals going on and the associated violence we have going on with it. And it's a win for the community because they can feel safe at night."
Police say the small store on the corner of ML King Jr. Boulevard and Ohio Avenue has been a big source of complaints.
"Anytime you have street level drug sales, you are going to have loitering, you are going to have individuals involved in some sort of violence. There have been robberies here at this store, we believe, is associated with drugs," Loposser said. "All these things combined together make an unsafe environment."
Drug Enforcement Administration Resident Agent in Charge Danny Comeaux said, "If you are doing illegal activities, money laundering, we will be looking at you. We have the manpower, we have the resources, we have the time, we will put you in jail."
This is not the first run in with the law for owner of the business, Johnson Tran. He is currently on probation after serving more than ten years in jail on cocaine charges.
Store employee Reco Domio was also arrested and as the investigation continues, Comeaux said, more charges could be coming.
"If you are buying illegal narcotics, you can become part of our investigation," Comeaux warned. "Clearly, there are individuals we have watched purchase narcotics and we are watching them also and we are working on those individuals. So don't be surprised if we end up with more arrests."
Officers also confiscated a gun from Martin's Grocery. Gulfport police officials plan to ask the city to declare the business a public nuisance so it can be permanently shut down.
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:17:53 GMT
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union.More >>
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union. Biloxi Police Department Investigator Steve Schlicht said Cynthia Ann Brosh, 57, turned herself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.