GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport lounge that owners brand as a hot spot for daiquiris, hookas, music, and late night parties, DEA agents say, is also known for dealing drugs.
ICE Daiquiri Bar and Ultra Lounge was shut down after agents arrested owners Carlos Miller and Julie Michelle Glass, and another man, Robert Sheffield. The three are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance after they allegedly negotiated a deal to buy drugs from a DEA informant.
"We had developed some information on some people in the Gulfport area that were looking to purchase heroin and cocaine," DEA Resident Agent in Charge Robert Donovan said. "They indicated they owned a bar here in Gulfport and that they sold heroin and cocaine out of the bar."
According to court documents, a confidential informant went into the Ice Daiquiri Lounge in November after sources told DEA agents drugs were being sold out of the bar. The informant met with Miller and Glass several times to negotiate a deal to buy "China White" heroin.
"The reason they call it China White is it's a very light colored, light brown, type heroin and it typically comes from the China, Asia area of the country. It's a moniker from the location where it comes from," Donovan said.
After several meetings, Friday, the confidential informant met with Miller and Glass to finalize a deal. According to court papers, the two offered the informant their 2008 Dodge Charger, a Life Estate Deed, and told the informant another person in their drug organization had $30,000 cash for one kilogram of heroin and one kilogram of cocaine hcl. As the couple went to make the deal, agents pulled them over and arrested them.
"Probably the best part about this particular arrest on Friday which was the guns we got off the street," Donvoan said. "We've got some pistols, revolvers, and we got an uzi submachine gun, 9mm pistol off the street. That's a pretty dangerous weapon."
As the investigation continues, Donovan says there could be more arrests and the bar could be shut down permanently.
"These were some key arrests here for this community," Donovan said. "I'm sure local authorities would want to pull whatever licenses that business might have, and we will follow that up as the investigation goes along."
Miller, Glass, and Sheffield have all plead not guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. All three have been in trouble with the law before. Miller has prior drug convictions, Glass had a warrant out for her arrest for not appearing in court on a shoplifting charge, and Sheffield has been convicted of assault on a police officer and drugs charges.
A judge ruled all three must remain behind bars without bond and the case has been turned over to a grand jury.