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Southern District of Mississippi

Monday, February 5, 2018

Gulfport Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Methamphetamine


Gulfport, Miss. – Hector Serrano-Cruz, 41, of Gulfport, Mississippi pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.

An investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Biloxi, Mississippi led FBI agents to determine that Hector Serrano-Cruz was a source of supply for methamphetamine. On June 12, 2017, a confidential source identified Hector Serrano-Cruz as his source of supply for methamphetamine. When Serrano-Cruz contacted the confidential source in order to collect the proceeds of past methamphetamine sales and to determine whether an additional three pounds of methamphetamine was selling, they agreed to meet. Serrano-Cruz arrived at the meeting with the source and he was arrested at that time.

Serrano-Cruz will be sentenced on May 8, 2018 by Judge Guirola, and faces a maximum penalty of forty years in prison and a $5 million fine.

The case was investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.

Updated February 5, 2018