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GULFPORT — A federal grand jury has indicted a Texas woman in a conspiracy to distribute meth in Harrison County, court records show.19hLhX_AuSt_77

Rachel Esparza Saenz, 50, of Channelview, is accused of providing meth to Joseph W. Moran Jr., 38, and James D. Byrd, 51, who were stopped in May in Harrison County.

Harrison County sheriff’s deputies had stopped Moran and Byrd for littering and another unspecified violation when they searched their vehicles and seized 485 grams of meth stored in a black bag in the console of the vehicle. A flashlight in the car also contained a glass stained pipe and another small bag of meth, records say.

During subsequent questioning, Moran told authorities he’d picked up the meth from a woman at a motel in Texas and was expecting a $400 payout for delivering the drugs in South Mississippi.

Byrd said he received a few grams of meth for his participation in the drug transport.

Byrd and Moran later told authorities he received the meth from a woman he knew as “Poca” or “Pocahontas,” at the Shady Glen Motel in Channelview. According to a criminal complaint, DEA special agent Don Penny then contacted the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas and a deputy there went to the motel the same day. He learned then an undercover agent with the Houston Police Department went undercover on May 19 to buy 2.8 grams of meth from a woman, later identified as Saenz.


1oLpIj_AuSt_77Saenz was taken into custody and a search resulted in the seizure of an additional 29.9 grams of meth and 3.61 grams of crack cocaine.

Houston police later did a photo lineup, and Byrd and Moran identified Saenz as their meth supplier.

In addition, video footage from the Shady Glen Motel showed Byrd and Moran arriving at the motel and then leaving with the same black bag that authorities seized during the Harrison County traffic stop.

Byrd and Moran have been indicted on one count each of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and interstate travel in aid of racketeering. They are set to go to trial Sept. 8, though a defense attorney has asked it to be moved to a later date.

Saenz is being held at the Stone County Regional Jail.

Her arraignment is Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker.

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