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Gulfport man headed to federal prison for cocaine trafficking, after he’s out of state prison

Nicholas Deron Otis
Nicholas Deron Otis

A Gulfport man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $30,000 for trafficking cocaine in Harrison County.

Nicholas Deron Otis, 42, must serve his federal prison time after serving nine years in a state prison for a marijuana distribution conviction, court records show.

Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. has ordered Otis’ prison term to run consecutive to the completion of his state prison sentence, a judgment filed Nov. 21 said.

Otis was sentenced on possession with intent to distribute marijuana in Harrison County Circuit Court on April 25. That conviction will keep him in a state prison until at least April 23, 2026, according to the state prison website.

His latest conviction is on possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Otis pleaded guilty June 6 to distributing 500 grams or more of cocaine in Harrison County on April 13, 2014. Under federal sentencing guidelines, the 500-gram range means between 1 to 11 pounds of cocaine.

A federal grand jury indicted Otis and Antonio Lamar Bogan, 32, also of Gulfport, on multiple charges Dec. 12, 2016.

Otis pleaded guilty June 6 on a charge filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Guirola sentenced him Nov. 15, court records show.

Bogan pleaded guilty the same day to an indicted charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in Harrison County. Bogan’s sentencing is set for Dec. 7.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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