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186 ecstasy pills are worth a lengthy prison term for this Moss Point man

Shawn Oliff Lavant
Shawn Oliff Lavant

A Moss Point man is going to prison for having 186 doses of ecstasy made with meth when a Biloxi police officer pulled him over in a traffic stop.

Shawn Oliff Lavant, 28, received a 25-year prison term this week after a Harrison County jury found him guilty of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

A forensic scientist testifying in court told jurors that ecstasy is being made with meth instead of a synthetic chemical known as MDMA because meth is cheaper than MDMA, District Attorney Joel Smith said.

Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced Lavant as a habitual offender. Lavant has two previous felony convictions.

Prosecutors said Lavant must serve the first 10 years of his sentence day for day because he was charged under the state’s narcotics trafficking statute.

Lavant was driving a car without headlights about 3 a.m. April 16, 2016, when a Biloxi patrol officer stopped his vehicle, Assistant District Attorney Ian Baker said. The patrol officer called for a DUI officer.

The DUI officer has testified he was walking to the car when he saw Lavant stuff something between the driver’s seat and the center console, Baker said. The officer found multi-colored pills that looked like ecstasy.

The officer found a second bottle of pills in the console and also found marijuana and $1,000, Baker said.

The narcotics investigator said it was the largest amount of ecstasy made with meth that he’s seized in his 10-year career, Baker said.

Prosecutors said the jury deliberated a little over 30 minutes before finding Lavant guilty.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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