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Biloxi Woman Sentenced to 13 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi


Gulfport, Miss. - Andrea Shelitia Sawyer, 36, of Biloxi, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 160 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 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. Sawyer was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations received information that Sawyer and her boyfriend were distributing multiple ounces of methamphetamine in Biloxi, Mississippi. On November 1, 2017, a confidential source made contact with Sawyer and set up a deal to purchase 6 ounces of methamphetamine in exchange for money. Sawyer met with the confidential source, and upon her arrest, agents located six ounces of methamphetamine. A search warrant was also executed at the apartment where Sawyer resided in Biloxi. During the execution of the warrant, agents located more methamphetamine, marijuana, cash and a stolen firearm. Sawyer pled guilty on January 18, 2018.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn Van Buskirk.

Updated May 1, 2018