Officers bust meth labs, arrest 14

VANCLEAVE

Law enforcement officers arrested 14 people and broke up seven methamphetamine labs based on confidential information received during the investigation of a burglary ring.

Narcotics agents and Gautier police officers on Tuesday arrested Shane David Gill, 21, and Rogerdale Richard Forehand Jr., 19, of Vancleave on one charge each of possessing chemical precursors with intent to manufacture meth.

The home of Brandon Joseph Johnson, 26, of Vancleave was raided later Tuesday.

Johnson was charged with one count of possessing meth within 1,500 feet of a school, Vancleave Upper Elementary; one count of manufacturing meth near the school; and one count of generating hazardous waste.

Investigators and agents on Wednesday raided the Vancleave home of Christopher Carl “CC” Brown, 28.

Brown, John Calvin Brown, 17, and Frank Phillip Spratley, 28, were each charged with one count of manufacturing meth and one count of generating hazardous waste.

As the investigation continued Thursday morning, agents went to the Vancleave home of Cindy Moe Shoemaker, 44, making a total of eight arrests and seizing three meth labs, along with several thousand dollars worth of methamphetamine and five weapons.

One of the weapons allegedly was stolen during the burglaries.

Shoemaker; her son, Justin Clark, 21; her boyfriend, Brian Bud Band, 20; Robert Alton White, 23; and Vicky Lee Reed, 41, each were charged with one count of manufacturing meth while possessing a firearm; one count of possessing chemical precursors with intent to manufacture meth; and one count of generating hazardous waste.

Justin Clark also was charged with an additional count of possessing a firearm while in possession of meth.

Loretta Bang Baker Allen, 43, and her son, Anthony Mark Bang, 24, were both charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth.

Anthony Mark Bang also was charged with possession of 15 grams of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture meth.

Wesley Robert Sims, 30, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia while possessing a firearm.

All suspects arrested at Shoemaker’s gave Vancleave addresses.

NTF and federal drug agents had raided the Poticaw Road home in 2004, arresting Cindy Shoemaker’s husband, Phillip Shoemaker, in connection with running a methamphetamine ring. He is in federal prison.

By ANITA LEE – calee@sunherald.com

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