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He brought 1.1 kilos of cocaine to Biloxi, police say. A judge dismisses his case.

Jermaine Marquette McFadden Jr.
Jermaine Marquette McFadden Jr.

A young man who rode a bus from Houston to Biloxi with 1.1 kilos of cocaine under a fitness body band will not be prosecuted in federal court.

The cocaine belonged to his father, who planned to sell it to a man in Biloxi, court records show.

Jermaine Marquette McFadden Jr., 22, has completed a 12-month pretrial diversion program, an alternative to prosecution, court records show.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden dismissed the case against him on Wednesday. A grand jury had indicted McFadden on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; 1.1 kilos is 2.4 pounds.

A fitness body band is a piece of gear worn by people who need a place to hold items such as keys, credit cards or a cellphone while performing physical activities, such as running or working out.

McFadden’s abdomen had the shape of a body band and what looked like the shape of a bag of cocaine when narcotics officers arrested him April 18, 2016, an affidavit said.

Narcotics agents, acting on a tip, had followed McFadden and his father, Seneka DeAndre Williams, 39, from the Greyhound bus station in Biloxi to Reynoir Street.

McFadden went in the restroom at the Waffle House and agents went in behind him. They testified they found a body band and cocaine in the trash can and found tell-tale signs on McFadden’s stomach. They figured he had gotten spooked by seeing police in the area.

Other agents followed Williams to the parking garage at Hard Rock Casino Resort, where he was meeting with Daylan Gardell Polk, 36, of Jackson County.

Agents said Polk had a large amount of cash, enough to cover $31,000 for a kilo, which was the alleged sales price.

Williams, also of Houston, was sentenced to 22 years and 2 months in prison on Sept. 20. He also was fined $5,000.

Polk, sentenced Nov. 2, received a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine.

Biloxi police assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration in the investigation.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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