Crime

Gulfport meth trafficker gets prison, $6,000 fine

Morris Etheredge
Morris Etheredge

GULFPORT -- A man who trafficked meth with a former college administrator has been fined $6,000 and sentenced to 87 months in prison.

James Corey Broussard, 35, was arrested Aug. 5 with Morris Wilson Etheredge, 41, a former academic dean of Virginia College in Biloxi.

Broussard was sentenced in federal court Wednesday. Etheredge was sentenced March 31.

The Gulfport men were found with 2 pounds of meth in a vehicle as they traveled from Oakland., Calif., to Harrison County. They were pulled over on a traffic violation on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, authorities said.

The men had 1 pound of meth in a cereal box inside a duffel bag and another pound of meth in a clear container under the duffel bag, according to law enforcement.

And it wasn't their first trip to Oakland to buy meth. After their arrests, Etheredge admitted he and Broussard bought the meth for $13,000 and said they had bought meth in the same city a few weeks earlier, a Homeland Security Investigations agent has said.

Broussard was pursuing studies in nursing and was the caregiver for Etheredge, a licensed nurse with serious health issues, according to testimony. Etheredge had lost his job at Virginia College a year earlier.

Both admitted they were longtime users of meth, Broussard for 10 years, Etheredge for a year.

They were arrested after a state trooper saw Broussard, who was driving, run off the road on I-10. His license had been suspended and a Hancock County police dog alerted on the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

Both were indicted on multiple charges. Each later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute meth.

Etheredge was fined the same amount as Broussard and received an 84-month prison term.

Ehteredge is serving his prison time in Atlanta. His release date is July 19, 2021, the Bureau of Prison website shows.

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