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Gulfport man to forfeit $30,000, serve 2-plus years for dealing cocaine

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GULFPORT -- A Gulfport man has been ordered to serve 2 1/2 years in prison and forfeit $30,000 in alleged drug proceeds for dealing cocaine in Harrison County over a year beginning in February 2014.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden also sentenced Omar Dancer, 42, to three years under post-release supervision and fined him $6,000 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. He pleaded guilty to a bill of information in the case.

A grand jury had indicted Dancer and another on charges alleging they conspired to do drug deals involving more than five kilos of cocaine and more than one kilo of heroin.

The government dismissed the indictment, and the U.S. Attorney's Office charged Dancer on June 19 on a bill of information accusing him of dealing an unspecified amount of cocaine only.

Dancer was facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie prosecuted the case.

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