GULFPORT -- An Arizona man has admitted he distributed crystal meth in Harrison County over several years.
Xavier Terrazas, 29, pleaded guilty Monday on a charge filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
He faces up to 20 years in prison at his May 25 sentencing.
A federal grand jury had charged him with conspiring to distribute crystal meth, or ice -- meth in its purest form -- in Harrison County and elsewhere from at least September 2012 until his July 23, 2013, indictment. The amount of meth was listed as 50 grams or more, which carries a penalty range of 10 years to life in prison.
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The government in February charged him in a bill of information that extended the period of meth distribution through Feb. 26 but held him accountable for an amount of meth that carries a lower penalty.
Terrazas was arrested in Arizona in March 2014. A federal judge in Phoenix released him on his own recognizance for court appearances in Gulfport.
Terrazas failed to attend a change-of-plea hearing in December 2014, court papers show. He later asked his charge be resolved in Arizona, but reportedly disappeared. He was arrested on a bench warrant and brought back to Gulfport. His bond was revoked Jan. 13.
Terrazas has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth.