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Two Gulfport men arrested for drug trafficking

An investigation into drug trafficking in South Mississippi led to the arrest of two men. According to the complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, the men are facing criminal charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Both men are from Gulport and were arrested by agents on Community Road.

One of the men allegedly supplied the other with methamphetamine that was delivered from California to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They are currently being held without bond as they await a Preliminary and Detention hearing. Eight ounces of methamphetamine was seized in Latimer by the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement team and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force seized an additional three pounds in Gulfport.

The two agencies teamed up to conduct surveillance on alleged methamphetamine traffickers in the area. The FBI Safe Streets Task Force focuses on reducing street gang and drug related violence through the joined efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement. Members of the task force include special agents from the FBI, law enforcement officers from local police departments, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Conviction of possession with intent to distribute is a felony that can result in long-term consequences for the accused. In Mississippi, those accused of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine are subject to no less than 10 years imprisonment upon conviction. If the defendant has a prior conviction for a felony drug offense, they will be subject to no less than 20 years imprisonment. Penalties generally increase depending on the type of drug, the quantity involved and whether the defendant had any previous drug convictions.

The men in this case will face a penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment in a federal penitentiary if convicted on federal methamphetamine trafficking charges. Anyone accused of drug trafficking in Mississippi will need a strong criminal defense in order to achieve the best possible outcome in their case.

Source: MS News Now, Two men facing federal meth trafficking charges in south MS, Morgan Howard, June 15, 2017

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