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U.S. Attorney’s Office announces sentences for 2 men selling meth in Mississippi

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi announced two separate sentences this week for drug charges.

Marcus Baldridge, 40, of Crystal Springs, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 429.9 grams of methamphetamine. Often called “Possum” or “Lil One,” according to court documents, Baldridge negotiated the sale of a pound of meth to an individual.

During the sale, Baldridge realized he lacked two ounces to complete the pound, so he left the location to meet with his source of supply. Upon returning to the scene of the sale, Baldridge and his co-conspirator Dremarcus Taylor sold the two remaining ounces to the buyer. The substances sold by the two were analyzed by the Drug Enforcement Agency to be pure methamphetamine.

Taylor is set to be sentenced on May 21.

In Gulfport, an Alabama man was sentenced to over 30 years for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Curtis Navelle Harrison, 46, of Monroeville, Ala., was part of a raid on a Moss Point home in July 2021. Undercover law enforcement officers had previously conducted a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Louis Booker, Jr. When they executed a search warrant on Booker’s home, Harrison, another adult male, and a minor child fled.

When the individuals were apprehended, officers located a $10 bill from the undercover buy on Harrison’s person. Approximately 200 grams of methamphetamine, firearms, and fentanyl were recovered from the residence with a subsequent investigation finding text messages showing Harrison and Booker were running a joint operation.

Harrison was out on parole from a life sentence in Alabama at the time of his arrest in Mississippi. He was previously imprisoned on attempted murder and first-degree armed robbery of an undercover police officer.

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