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Laurel Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Drug Conspiracy

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Victor Coleman a/k/a "Stone," 33, of Laurel, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 360 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Jere T. Miles with Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans. Coleman was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

On January 23, 2018, a cooperating source placed a recorded phone call to Coleman inquiring about the purchase of methamphetamine. During the phone call, Coleman stated that he was currently out of town but would have four ounces of methamphetamine delivered to the source. Coleman later told the source to meet Jack Hales at the fast food restaurant on Pass Road in Harrison County to get the drugs. He also provided the source with Hales’ phone number so they could have further conversations about the deal, if necessary. Later that day, agents arrested Hales while he was attempting to make the meth delivery on behalf of Coleman. In total, the source purchased approximately four pounds of methamphetamine from Coleman over the course of a few months.

Hales previously pled guilty to his role in the conspiracy. He was sentenced to 157 months in federal prison, followed by five years supervised release, and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations in Gulfport, and it was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.


Updated April 30, 2019

Drug Trafficking