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Gulfport man accused in China White heroin drug conspiracy sentenced to prison on firearms charge

GULFPORT -- A Gulfport man will serve nearly four years in prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to buy and sell China White heroin out of the Ice Daiquiri Lounge on Pass Road.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. also ordered Randall Sheffield, to serve three years under post-release supervision and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and $100 special assessment fee. He pleaded guilty to unlawful transport of firearms in the case. In exchange for his plea, the government dismissed other charges against him.

A federal grand jury indicted Sheffield and bar owners Carlos Miller, 34, and Julie Michelle Glass, 31, and Sheffield on drug conspiracy charges. In addition, the grand jury indicted Glass and Sheffield on charges of conspiracy to commit a violent crime and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking scheme, and two counts of attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in addition to the firearms charge.

Sheffield was also indicted on the additional firearms charge.

Authorities arrested all three in January. They were picked up in a traffic stop, during which authorities seized a 9 mm pistol and .357 revolver. On a counter in the bar, authorities founds a mask and an Uzi firearm.

Court papers say Miller and Glass started trying to set up a deal to buy 3 kilos of cocaine in November.

Later, Miller met with a confidential informant and told him he sold heroin out of the bar and worked with members of a New Orleans drug-trafficking organization. In a later meeting, records say, Glass and Miller attempted to buy a kilo each of cocaine and heroin.

Glass is serving seven years and three months in prison on a drug conspiracy charge. She's appealing the sentence.

Miller has pleaded guilty to a bill of information charging him with attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He's facing up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. A criminal forfeiture filed in the case also calls for the seizure of a 2008 Dodge Charger and $8,628 in alleged drug proceeds.

Miller is set for sentencing on Nov. 3.

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