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Complaint: Meth from CA could have ties to Mexican Mafia

Steven Paul Salmon (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department) Steven Paul Salmon (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department)
Hector Serrano-Cruz (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department) Hector Serrano-Cruz (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department)
Three pounds of ice seized in Gulfport (Photo source: WLOX) Three pounds of ice seized in Gulfport (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Two Gulfport men are charged with trafficking methamphetamine brought in from California, and the drugs could have ties to the Mexican Mafia, according to court documents.

Federal agencies continue to work with local authorities to combat drug trafficking in South Mississippi.

In the latest round of arrests, Steven Paul Salmon, 55, and Hector Serrano-Cruz, 41, were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, the investigation started June 6 when deputies responded to the Ramada Inn in the Latimer area of Jackson County in reference to a stolen purse.

During the search, investigators reportedly found 30 grams of meth in a room at the hotel. A man in the room told agents with the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team he could order more drugs from Salmon. The man told investigators he had purchased up to 8 ounces a day from Salmon over the past 21 days.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court says the man organized a meeting with Salmon at the Ramada Inn. Salmon showed up at the hotel later that day, and agents reportedly found 7 ounces of meth in his vehicle.

Court documents show Salmon took agents to his home in Gulfport, where he turned over 3 pounds of the drug. The next day, Salmon told investigators he wanted to cooperate with the investigation.

The complaint says Salmon told investigators he had been selling methamphetamine for a month, and he was getting the drugs from a man named Hector, who he believed to be affiliated with the Mexican Mafia.

According to the complaint, Salmon would meet Serrano-Cruz at the Kangaroo Express gas station on Hwy. 49 to pay for the drugs that were fronted to him.

According to court documents, Salmon told investigators Serrano-Cruz wanted to meet June 12 to pick up money and talk business. Salmon reportedly got into Serrano-Cruz’s vehicle at the gas station and the two drove away. That’s when agents stopped the pair and took them into custody.

The complaint says Serrano-Cruz told agents he was a “middle man” between Salmon and a supplier in California known as “Chapo.”

The suspects are facing 10 years to life in prison if they are convicted on federal meth trafficking charges.

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