GULFPORT -- A federal judge has fined a Texas man $10,000 and sentenced him to 20 years in prison for distributing crystal meth in George County and surrounding areas.
Sergio Contreras Jr., 38, of Penitas, Texas, was sentenced Monday on a guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crystal meth.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden also ordered three years of post-release supervision.
Contreras pleaded guilty earlier this year, admitting his involvement in distributing meth in Lucedale and outlying areas.
The distribution occurred from January 2013 through July 22, 2015, the charging document said.
Several of Contreras' family members sent the court letters that asked for leniency. One said sending him to prison would leave his children with no parent, as their mother is out of the country.
Contreras and Oscar Martinez, 28, of Weslaco, Texas, were indicted but were charged in a bill of information in February.
Martinez is due to be sentenced on the same charge Wednesday.
The crime is punishable by 10 years to life in prison. The maximum fine is $1 million.
Both men were arrested in August and denied bond in federal court appearances in Texas. They were brought to Gulfport to face prosecution in September.