Man gets prison for distributing heroin, making crack cocaine

Jeremy Christopher Simpkins
Jeremy Christopher Simpkins

A Waveland man has been ordered to serve five years of a 15-year prison term for distributing heroin and making crack cocaine at his home on West Adams Street.

Jeremy Christopher Simpkins Jr., 29, was sentenced after pleading guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court, District Attorney Joel Smith said Wednesday.

Judge Lisa Dodson imposed a combined prison term of 15 years. She suspended 10 years, leaving five to serve followed by five years of probation.

The judge took into consideration that Simpkins is a first-time offender and has completed an addiction-treatment program at the Home of Grace, Daniel said.

Simpkins was arrested on March 14, 2014, with a man who also lived at the house during an investigation of alleged drug sales in the neighborhood.

The home was searched after Simpkins gave an undercover officer some heroin, said Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel, who prosecuted the case.

About 2.8 grams of heroin, three grams of cocaine and 10 doses of hydrocodone were found in the house and in a car parked in the yard, Daniel said. Also seized was cash, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and three firearms, he said.

Simpkins pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin, transfer of heroin, possession of cocaine and manufacture of crack cocaine.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations assisted in the investigation.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews