A man charged with drug trafficking is accused of attempting to keep more than a brick of cocaine found washed up on a Biloxi beach.
Joey Lee Ware, 37, was arrested by Biloxi police on Monday on suspicion of aggravated trafficking in controlled substances. He is being held in the Harrison County jail on a $150,000 bond set at his first court appearance.
On Saturday, 11 bricks of cocaine were discovered on various parts of the beach, including eight bricks discovered by Keesler Air Force Base volunteers on U.S. 90 near White Avenue. Two bricks were discovered near Schooners and Deer Island.
Authorities were able to link the cocaine source to the drugs Ware reportedly acquired because the parcels bore the “Dior” label, according to SuperTalk Mississippi News.
WXXV reported that the bricks were worth more than a million dollars. Bricks of drugs washing ashore in Mississippi are unusual, but law enforcement agencies say it could become more prevalent.
In Texas and Louisiana, drugs frequently wash ashore. The cocaine found in Biloxi will be thrown away.