GULFPORT -- A man who brought crystal meth from Los Angeles to Harrison County in the sides of ice coolers has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
James "Jimmy" Robinson, 36, received the maximum penalty Friday for conspiring to distribute crystal meth, also known as ice, which is meth in its purest form.
He also was fined $4,000 and given three years of probation, a judgment signed Friday said.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced him Tuesday.
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Robinson pleaded guilty Feb. 22.
Robinson was under investigation, along with several others in a major meth trafficking probe, a Drug Enforcement Agent said in an affidavit. Others arrested have been convicted.
In March 2015, DEA and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents received information that Robinson had been trafficking ice in cross-country trips since at least mid-November 2014.
On one trip, he rented a car in D'Iberville and traveled to Los Angeles, the agent said. Robinson left with a large amount of money and returned with several pounds of meth.
Agents obtained pictures taken in Los Angeles that showed Robinson holding meth and pictures of coolers that show how meth was concealed in the sides of the coolers.
Robinson had offered at least one person $800 per trip to pick up meth, the agent said.
A warrant for Robinson had been issued in Harrison County on a drug charge.
Robinson was arrested at Albuquerque International Airport in New Mexico on Sept. 29, 2015. He told agents there that he had 12 ounces of meth in the side walls of a cooler in his vehicle, the agent said.
DEA agents in Gulfport said Robinson later told them he had delivered more than 10 pounds of meth since 2014.
Once he's on probation, he must abstain from using Spice or other synthetic narcotics unless it's prescribed by a doctor for medical reasons, the judge's order said.
And if he moves to a state where marijuana is legal, he's prohibited from using it unless a doctor has prescribed it.