Crime

Bloods gang leader, wife get prison for drug-trafficking

Melvin Eugene Summers
Melvin Eugene Summers

GULFPORT -- A leader of the Bloods street gang in Moss Point and his wife have been sentenced to prison and fined for trafficking marijuana in his hometown.

Melvin Summers, 36, used a submachine gun while distributing large amounts of drugs, including more than 1,798 kilos of marijuana, according to court testimony.

His wife, Allicia Yvette Graves, 29, conspired to help him, and she bought him a gun but listed her name as the owner.

Summers had been sentenced to 12 years in prison in January for trafficking crack cocaine.

On Friday, he was fined $5,000 and sentenced to seven years and five months for carrying a firearm while trafficking drugs, court records show. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden also sentenced Summers to five years for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

Ozerden ruled Summers's prison terms will run concurrent to his 12-year term.

Graves was fined $1,000 and received a two-year prison term on a conspiracy charge and 19 months for making false statements to buy a firearm. Her prison terms also will run concurrent.

Graves admitted she bought a firearm for Summers from Pascagoula Pawn & Gun, LLC Pawn Mart II, in April 2015. She remains free until she is notified of where to report to prison.

Both sold less than 50 kilos of marijuana on two days in Jackson County in April 2015.

However, Summers had dealt more than 1,798 kilos of marijuana from the time he got out of prison on a drug conviction in 2008 through March 2012, according to an FBI Safe Streets Task Force officer. Summers was arrested on a crack-cocaine distribution charge in Jackson County in March 2012.

Summers wept at his crack sentencing in January, telling the judge, "Please don't do me like this. Oh, please, Lord. Oh Lord, have mercy. Please don't do me like this."

Margaret Baker, Sun Herald staff writer, contributed to this report.

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