- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A felon has been sentenced to 10 years in prison as habitual offender.

The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1NWXpkq ) reports 40-year-old Clifton Wendell King pleaded guilty this week to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Judge Chris Schmidt sentenced King under Mississippi’s habitual offender law and he won’t be eligible for early release.

District Attorney Joel Smith says King was dealing in cocaine and had several firearms.

King had been convicted of cocaine distribution in 1995, cocaine possession in 1998 and had a federal firearm conviction in 2002.

Assistant District Attorney Mitch Owen says King’s latest arrest was in Feb. 2014 when authorities found King sitting in a car weighing cocaine with a digital scale. He says authorities also found cocaine and multiple weapons at his home.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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