Picayune Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking


From:  News Release  4/2/18   GCN

Gulfport, Miss. – Antonio Marquez Irwin, 28, of Picayune, was sentenced on Friday, March 30, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden, to 128 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing methamphetamine in Picayune, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Thomas M. Annello, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.


Irwin pled guilty on December 21, 2017, to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.


 He was charged in a five-person indictment against a group of individuals who were distributing methamphetamine in the Picayune area. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement purchased methamphetamine from Irwin on four separate occasions. On a fifth occasion, Irwin arrived to sell methamphetamine and when law enforcement attempted to arrest him, he struck two separate police vehicles in an attempt to flee before finally being apprehended.


The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.