Carriere man receives five-year sentence

Published 7:00 am Saturday, June 27, 2015




A Carriere man was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to distributing drugs throughout Pearl River and Hancock counties.

This week, Gerald Calhoun, 55, of East 2nd St. was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possession of 50 grams or more of crystal methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to court records filed with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi.

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Calhoun also faces four years of post-release supervision and $3,000 in fines, according to court records.

Calhoun was accused of working alongside 27-year-old Jaron D. Stubbs of 400 N. Abrams Ave. to distribute methamphetamine, according to court records.

A federal grand jury indicted both men in January on three conspiracy charges and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, the Item previously reported.

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 while Stubbs supplied them, according to the court records.

The six-month investigation was a team effort between the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, 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.

Agents were able to record several transactions, including the sale of crystal methamphetamine for $1,300 in Picayune, according to court records.

Both men had prior convictions. Calhoun was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a federal drug conspiracy with 14 years suspended while Stubbs has 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 also pleaded guilty to the same charge and could face up to 40 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Aug. 11, according to the court records.