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Seven-Time Convicted Felon Sentenced to Over Ten Years in Prison on Federal Gun and Drug Charges

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Quniton Kinyoun Peairs, 34, of Pascagoula, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 120 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and 123 months for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The sentences will run concurrently.  Peairs was also ordered to pay an $8,000 fine and serve 3 years of supervised release following his prison sentence.   

Peairs has seven prior felony convictions in Jackson County from 2006 through 2015.  Three times during May 2018, Peairs sold methamphetamine, along with a firearm, to a confidential informant for the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team and the ATF.  On one occasion, Peairs brought another individual with him who sold a shotgun stolen from the Pascagoula Police Department to the confidential informant.

The South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.


Updated August 6, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses