Second suspect pleads guilty in distribution case

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 28, 2015



A Picayune man pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possession of crystal methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Pearl River and Hancock counties.

Jaron Stubbs, 27, of 400 N. Abrams Ave. was accused of working alongside 55-year-old Gerald Calhoun of East 2nd St. in Carriere to distribute more than 50 grams of crystal methamphetamine in surrounding areas– Stubbs supplied the drugs while Calhoun distributed them, according to previous Item coverage.

Stubbs is facing up to 40 years in prison, four years of post-release supervision and $5,000 in fines, according to court records filed with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi.

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In April, Calhoun pleaded guilty to the same charge, the Item reported.

Stubbs and Calhoun were charged by a federal grand jury in January with three conspiracy charges and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to previous Item coverage.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics began investigating Stubbs and Calhoun’s methamphetamine distribution activities last year after an MBN confidential informant notified agents, the Item reported.

During the six-month investigation, MBN agents acquired audio and video recordings proving the two were selling meth. Agents were able to record several transactions, including the sale of methamphetamine for $1,300 in Picayune, according to the court records.

Stubbs has prior criminal convictions and pending charges for aggravated assault and three counts of shooting into a dwelling in Picayune, which occurred in January, according to previous Item coverage.

Stubbs will return to court in August for sentencing. Calhoun’s court date is set for sometime in June, according to the court records.