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He had 90 doses of meth when he was arrested. Judge orders day-for-day prison term.

Houston Chambers
Houston Chambers

A judge has ordered a Moss Point man to serve 10 full years in prison for trafficking meth.

Judge Dale Harkey sentenced Houston Chambers, 47, on Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court. Harkey imposed a 20-year prison term and suspended 10 years in lieu of the day-for-day prison term, District Attorney Tony Lawrence said in a news release.

The judge sentenced Chambers on a guilty plea from Aug. 15 to the trafficking charge and to transfer of cocaine.

Harkey also sentenced him to eight years for the transfer conviction and ordered the prison terms to run concurrently.

Chambers had 90 doses of meth when he was arrested Sept. 15, 2015, in an investigation by the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team.

Chambers also was in possession of one gram of cocaine June 5, 2015, when he gave it to someone else, Lawrence said.

Harkey also fined Chambers $2,000, added a $600 lab fee and ordered him to pay $200 to the state’s crime victim compensation fund.

“Drug dealers need to go to jail,” Lawrence said. “They are feeding the addiction problem that is causing crime in our community. I am so proud that he will serve day-for-day time for selling drugs in Jackson County.”

Assistant District Attorney Bill Barrett prosecuted the case.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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