The smell of marijuana coming from a car police had stopped has led to a passenger’s guilty plea to distributing meth.
Drequille Marqeise “Dre” Nixon, 23, admitted he’s a drug supplier when a Gulfport police officer questioned occupants of a car in August, federal court papers show.
Police found about 3.4 pounds or about 1.5 kilos of meth, a large amount of cash and a .40-caliber handgun in the vehicle and Nixon claimed responsibility for all of it, a DEA Task Force agent said in a document. Nixon also had a misdemeanor amount of marijuana in his possession.
He accepted a plea deal Wednesday on a meth-distribution charge punishable by 10 years to life in prison. His sentencing is set for April 4.
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The car was stopped Aug. 20 on 28th Street. It had an expired tag.
The driver and a second passenger were released.
Nixon had about $25,000 on him and told police he carries a firearm for protection in case he’s robbed, a document said.
At the time, he was out of jail on bond after indictment on a marijuana-distribution charge from an arrest in Hattiesburg.
Nixon admitted he’s smoked as much as a half-ounce of marijuana a day in the past year, a detention order said.
He has been held since his arrest.