Meridian man admits to having 43 grammes of methamphetamine in his possession with the intent to distribute it

Today, a man from Meridian entered a guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute 43 grammes of a material that included methamphetamine in detectable amounts.

Court records state that on August 20, 2021, and August 31, 2021, 37-year-old Willie Bernard Lewis sold methamphetamine to an unidentified informant. When police conducted a search warrant on his home on September 1, 2021, they found about 43 grammes of methamphetamine and 10.9 grammes of fentanyl. Lewis has a history of cocaine sales and possession with the intent to distribute convictions.

Fentanyl is roughly 50 times more strong than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. According to the DEA, one kilogramme of fentanyl has the capacity to kill 500,000 people, whereas just two milligrammes can be fatal.

Lewis will be sentenced on April 8 and could spend up to 20 years behind bars. The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory considerations will be taken into account by a federal district judge before determining any punishment.

The statement was made by Special Agent in Charge Joshua Jackson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi.

The situation was looked into by the ATF and the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department.

Adam T. Stuart, an assistant U.S. attorney, is handling the case prosecution.

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