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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pass Christian Woman Pleads Guilty To Selling Methadone


Gulfport, Miss. – Sheila Bosarge Mendez, 51, of Pass Christian, pled guilty yesterday before United States District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to possession with intent to distribute methadone, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Thomas M. Annello, Acting Special Agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.

Mendez sold methadone to a confidential informant at her residence on two occasions – January 4, 2017, and January 11, 2017. Agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics obtained a search warrant for Mendez’s residence and executed it on January 24, 2017.

During the search of the residence, agents found a mail package containing 390 dosage units of methadone from Mexico and an envelope with approximately $3,827 and 10 dosage units of methadone. Agents also discovered 11 prescriptions written to Mendez for 100 dosage units each.

Mendez will be sentenced on May 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. by Judge Guirola, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shundral H. Cole.

Updated February 6, 2018