Most Wanted suspect captured

GULFPORT — One of South Mississippi’s most wanted criminal suspects wanted on explosives and drug charges was arrested Thursday at a home he had just rented, Gulfport Police Detective Sgt. Rob Enochs said.

Dain Leif Werner, 28, was captured at a home off Tegarden Road on Markham Drive that, Enochs said, he had rented about a week ago. Enochs, a narcotics officer, said Gulfport, Harrison County and Biloxi police narcotics officers received information that Werner was in the area, and the leads eventually led to the home where Werner was arrested without incident.

Werner was among those in the Sun Herald’s latest South Mississippi Most Wanted series in April that featured suspects South Mississippi law enforcement agencies submitted as their most wanted criminal suspects.

Agents with the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County were looking for Werner on charges of manufacturing methamphetamines and possession of explosives.

On Thursday, Enochs said narcotics agents did surveillance on the Markham Drive home from around 9:15 a.m. until around 2 p.m., when Werner finally went outside to walk his dog. He said when Werner first saw the law enforcement officers, he ran back inside the home and tried to escape through a back door.

He was captured, however, before he got the chance to run away. Enochs said he was stationed at the back door of the home, and Werner turned around when he saw him, went back inside and locked the door before heading toward the front door where other law enforcement officers were waiting.

Gulfport police arrested Werner as a fugitive from Jackson County pending his transfer later Thursday to Jackson County’s maximum-security jail in Pascagoula. Once there, he’ll be charged with one count each of manufacturing meth and possession of explosives.

Werner had been on the run since March 19, when he was identified as suspect in a meth manufacturing and explosives case at a home on Davidson Road in Ocean Springs.

Ocean Springs police officers in conjunction with agents with the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County had served a search warrant on the Ocean Springs home, where the meth and explosives were found.

Enochs said narcotics agents did not find any meth or explosives on Werner when he was picked up Thursday. Enochs said the arrest was made thanks to the joint efforts of Biloxi, Harrison County and Gulfport police narcotics agents.

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