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Petal Woman Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Hattiesburg, Miss – Cheri Jessica Cox, 39, of Petal, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to 180 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Michelle A. Sutphin with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi. Cox’s federal sentence was ordered to run concurrent with the balance of her Forrest and Lamar County sentences.

From September 2018 through November 2018, in Hattiesburg, Cox sold methamphetamine on four separate occasions.   During a traffic stop on December 7, 2018, by a Forrest County Sheriff’s Deputy, Cox was in possession of 2 ounces of methamphetamine.  At sentencing, Cox was held responsible for 149.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Cox was originally indicted on July 24, 2019 and pled guilty before Judge Starrett on November 26, 2019.

The case was investigated by the 12th Circuit Court Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams prosecuted the case.

Updated July 1, 2020

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