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Gulf Coast man wanted on state narcotics most wanted list in custody

A 21-year-old Gulf Coast man listed on a state most wanted narcotics violator list is in police custody, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics said Tuesday.

The bureau said Dwan Durrell Parnell was listed on the top 10 most wanted on the state Department of Public Safety’s Web site and had been considered a flight risk, armed and dangerous.

Parnell turned himself in to police on the coast late Monday. He had earlier been freed on bond after being charged with possession of cocaine.

Parnell had been sought since Jan. 17, when narcotics agents and Gulfport police searched his Gulfport home. The search uncovered a loaded pistol, cash believed linked to drug trafficking, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, said Narcotics Bureau Director Marshall Fisher.

The latest charges include outstanding warrants for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts of sale of crack cocaine, and sale of marijuana. In addition, Fisher said Parnell faces enhancements on the charges because he possessed a firearm and reportedly distributed illegal narcotics within 1,500 feet of a church.

He was ordered held without bond in the Harrison County Detention Center.