Jackson County agents find meth hidden in tennis balls in car; 3 indicted in case

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GULFPORT, Mississippi — Three people have been indicted on federal charges in alleged conspiracy to ship meth to Jackson County to distribute, court records show.

Federal prosecutors say Marques Deanthony Payton of Fresno, California, is accused of shipping the meth to Michael Hanzik Jr. of Pascagoula. Hanzik and Scott Joseph Houska of Gautier are accused of distributing the meth.

Investigators say the drugs were concealed in tennis balls in Hanzik's car.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Hje2Vl ) each man was indicted on a drug conspiracy charge. Hanzik and Houska also were indicted on a charge of possession with intent to distribute meth. All three remained jailed Thursday without bond.

Proceeds from the drug sales, court papers say, were wired from bank accounts in Jackson County to accounts in California.

Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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