- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Texas man has filed documents with the federal court in Gulfport saying that he intends to plead guilty to possession about 13 pounds of cocaine hidden in a vehicle when he was pulled over on Interstate 10 in Harrison County.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1vjEPu0 ) court records show 27-year-old Luis Miguel Batista was scheduled to change his plea Tuesday but prosecutors asked for a delay because test results had not come back from a Drug Enforcement Administration lab.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden re-scheduled the plea hearing for Sept. 5.

Batista faces five to 40 years in prison on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.

He was arrested Feb. 20 on Interstate 10 near Pass Christian.


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

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