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Gautier man gets five years for heroin charges

A Gautier man will spend five years in federal prison on drug charges.

32-year-old Jermaine Antonio Newell was sentenced to serve the 60 month sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin back in January.

According to a joint news release from U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and the DEA, Newell was arrested in November 2017 after a trio of search warrants were executed on three separate locations that authorities believed were used by Newell.

As agents searched a property in Soso, Mississippi, Newell drove by in a van and after seeing officers on the scene he threw a bag of of the van’s window. The bag was recovered, and it contained over 950 grams of heroin , various pills, cocaine, marijuana, a scale and over $11,000 in cash.

Shortly after throwing the bag, Newell was stopped by police, and he was arrested. He then admitted to possession of the drugs and his intent to distribute them.

In addition to his prison sentence, Newell will also serve five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

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