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Mississippi guardsman, wife face federal indictment on drug charges


GULFPORT, Mississippi — A federal grand jury has indicted a member of the Army National Guard and his wife in an alleged drug conspiracy case.

The Sun-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1dshxLz ) that the indictment names 44-year-old David Cooper and 48-year-old Regina Cooper, both of Gulfport. The charges include conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

They are alleged to have sold synthetic narcotics, anti-anxiety medication, the club drug Ecstasy and other drugs shipped to them from other countries.

Court records show a sealed indictment was returned in late May and recently made public.

The Coopers are due to make an initial federal court appearance Tuesday. The Sun-Herald reports that the couple also faces state charges in the case.

During a hearing in early June, a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent said evidence indicates David Cooper was receiving large shipments of narcotics at his home from countries such as India, Pakistan and China.

A year's worth of emails and text messages found at the Coopers' home indicated the synthetic narcotics were being distributed to some military members because synthetic drugs do not show up in drug tests.

In addition, the agent said, a video recovered shows David Cooper manufacturing a controlled substance himself.

During the investigation, authorities also seized label makers, a heat sealer, a pill press, empty capsules, postal-tracking receipts and documents related to buying and selling illegal narcotics and empty shipping boxes.

Authorities first arrested the Coopers in May after a package addressed to David Cooper containing a white powdery substance was intercepted at a New York airport.

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

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