Crime

Lucedale man going to prison for nearly 18 years for trafficking meth

A 37-year-old Lucedale man has been sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison on a federal conviction of trafficking meth.

Mark Antonio “Bleed” Miles received a prison term of 17 1/2 years and a $5,000 fine at his recent sentencing in U.S. District Court, according to a judgment entered in court records Friday.

Chief District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ordered the prison term served consecutively to the 10 years Miles is serving in a state prison for drug convictions in George County Circuit Court.

His combined prison terms now total 27 1/2 years.

Miles was on parole for the state drug convictions when deputies found him with drugs off London Street in Lucedale on April 1, 2015, court papers show. He had 90 grams of meth, a firearm, 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana and $250.

A federal grand jury indicted him in April 2016, alleging he had distributed meth in George County from late 2014 until the time of his arrest in 2015. The charge was punishable by 10 years to life.

During plea negotiations, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Miles with a lesser drug distribution crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Miles was charged Feb. 2 and pleaded guilty the same day, admitting he planned to distribute the meth he was found with in 2015. He was sentenced Sept. 21.

Miles was sent back to prison after his arrest on the federal charge to serve the full prison terms on his state charges. He is tentatively scheduled for release from state prison on Oct. 26, 2021, the prison website shows.

Then he will start serving his federal sentence.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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