A drug deal gone bad has laid bare the sheer insanity of the illicit drug trade.
Law enforcement officers allege that, on October 7, Leroy Whitehead traveled to the Keith’s Super Store in Bond to purchase drugs from an unidentified suspect.
“After the transfer, Whitehead told the other party to get out of his car, without paying for the drugs,” said investigator Candace Stewart of the Stone County Sheriff’s Department. “The other individual retrieved his gun and opened fire on Whitehead’s vehicle.”
Both vehicles left the premises, but the 32-year-old Whitehead, a resident of Purvis, went down the road, changed a tire damaged by the gunfire and, incredibly, returned to the scene to air up his tire.
That’s when he was met by a host of law enforcement officers.
“We knew he was one of the participants because we had it on video,” Stewart said. “A subsequent search of his vehicle turned up more than one-quarter-pound of marijuana, 1.9 grams of methamphetamine and 69 dosage units of an unidentified opioid.”
Had Whitehead simply continued on his way, he may very well have gotten away, albeit with vehicle damage from the shooting.
A juvenile who had accompanied Whitehead was also taken into custody.
Whitehead now faces felony charges of possession with intent to distribute-marijuana and possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.
Those are just two of his problems, however.
He was also wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a probation violation and, at the time of his arrest, was wearing an ankle monitor supplied by the Hattiesburg Police Department.
Once lab results are returned on the opioid, he may face another possession charge.