Crime

Felon admits carrying a gun while trafficking marijuana

Jerrell Markiem Cleveland
Jerrell Markiem Cleveland

A felon has admitted carrying a firearm while trafficking marijuana in Gulfport.

Jerrell Markiem Cleveland, 25, faces no less than five years in prison. Under federal law, his prison term must be served consecutively to any other prison sentence.

Cleveland was on parole on a home burglary conviction from 2008 when Gulfport police arrested him on Jan. 20, 2014, on drug-trafficking charges that led to the federal charges.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday on a charge of using a gun while trafficking drugs. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden will sentence him Nov. 18.

A federal grand jury indicted Cleveland on five counts in a drug trafficking investigation. He faced 30 years or more in prison had his case gone to trial.

Cleveland was trafficking less than 50 kilos of marijuana the day of his arrest, the indictment said.

The handgun he was found with had an obliterated serial number. The weapon was a Cobra .38-caliber derringer — a compact handgun. A court document shows Cleveland has agreed to give up the gun.

Cleveland was 17 in 2008 when he and two other teens were charged as adults in the burglary of a home. He was under state supervision for that conviction when he was arrested in the drug-trafficking investigation.

He has been held without bond since his arrest.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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