GULFPORT -- A federal judge has sentenced an Atlanta man to five years in prison for travelling with 11 kilos of crystal meth, also known as ice, meth's purest form.
U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Miguel Rafael Barajas on Wednesday, giving him the maximum penalty for interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.
Guirola also fined Barajas $2,500 and ordered three years of post-release supervision.
Barajas, 29, and Zenaida Viveros, no age available, were charged in a three-count indictment that accused them of conspiring in Harrison County and elsewhere to distribute crystal meth. They were arrested in November.
Their arrests came after the Drug Enforcement Administration received a tip that someone from Atlanta had planned to deliver a load of meth in Meridian, an agent's criminal complaint said.
Barajas was taken into custody after he put a duffle bag containing meth in the back seat of a car in the Sam's Club parking lot in Meridian, the complaint said. Barajas reportedly told drug agents he was being paid $5,000 to deliver the drugs and had paid Viveros $500 to drive for him.
Viveros also was arrested and was released on bond. Court documents show Viveros planned to change her plea to guilty April 3 but failed to appear in court. Guirola revoked her bond and issued a warrant for her arrest.
Barajas told authorities Viveros is his mother-in-law, a DEA agent said.