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Police smelled pot but found meth. Lots of it.

Dreqeille Marqeise Nixon
Dreqeille Marqeise Nixon

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.

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.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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