Defendant pleads guilty

Published 7:00 am Friday, April 17, 2015

Calhoun. Submitted photo.

Calhoun. Submitted photo.

A Carriere man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possession of 50 grams or more of crystal methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Hancock and Pearl River counties.

Gerald Calhoun, 55, of East 2nd St. entered the plea on Tuesday, March 31 and is facing up to 40 years in prison, according to court records filed with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi. Additionally, Calhoun is facing four years of post-release supervision and $5,000 in fines.

The Item reported in January that Calhoun and 27-year-old Jaron D. Stubbs of 400 N. Abrams Ave. in Picayune were charged by a federal grand jury with three conspiracy charges and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics led the six-month methamphetamine-distribution investigation, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Picayune Police Department, according to previous coverage.

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The investigation began when an MBN confidential informant notified agents about the distribution. After receiving the tip, MBN sent the informant undercover, equipped with a video and audio recorder, in order to obtain methamphetamine from Calhoun, who would distribute the drugs with Stubbs as the supplier, according to the court records.

Calhoun will return to court Tuesday, June 23 for sentencing. Stubbs’ trial is scheduled for June, the court records stated.