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Drug dealer gets prison, fine on new conviction

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION 
 A penny and a ruler are shown in comparison to powdered cocaine, also known as cocaine hydrochloride.
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION A penny and a ruler are shown in comparison to powdered cocaine, also known as cocaine hydrochloride.

GULFPORT -- A federal judge has sentenced a Jackson County drug dealer to prison for 72 months and fined him $5,000 for distributing cocaine even after he has served time for related convictions.

Dwan Williams, 35, was sentenced Wednesday for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. A federal grand jury had indicted him on eight counts of the same charge.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden imposed the penalties after hearing testimony from a special agent with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. Ozerden also ordered three years' probation.

An indictment filed April 9, 2014, said narcotics agents had seized 231.6 grams of cocaine and 101.8 grams of crack from Williams in drug sales during a probe. He pleaded guilty in November to a drug distribution count from an incident July 22, 2012. The indictment alleged he sold cocaine and crack from that day through September 2013.

Agents with the FBI, the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested him Feb. 25 in the parking lot at his mother's apartment on Hospital Road in Pascagoula.

Agents said a search of his mother's apartment turned up 12 cookies of crack, a stolen Glock 45-caliber pistol, a magazine with ammunition and a shoebox of drugs and paraphernalia.

Williams has been held with no bond since his arrest.

He hadn't been employed in a lawful job for two years and he tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, a detention order said.

He was convicted of possession of cocaine in 1998 and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine in 2001. While on probation for the crack conviction, his probation was revoked in 2005 and 2009 for drug and DUI arrests and violations to include failure to work.

He was last released from prison May 2, 2011, Bureau of Prisons records show.

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