- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Gulfport bar owner has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The case accused her and two others of conspiring to sell cocaine and heroin out of the East Pass Road bar.

Julie Michelle Glass, 31, entered the plea Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. set a June 23 sentencing date. In exchange for her plea, the government dismissed the remaining charges against her.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1bPyVtK ) two others indicted in the same scheme are scheduled for trial in June in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Glass; Carlos Miller, 24; and Randall Sheffield, 33, were arrested in January on a federal criminal complaint of conspiring to sell cocaine and the high-grade China White heroin out of the Ice Daiquiri Lounge in Gulfport. Glass and Miller own the bar.

A grand jury indicted Glass and Sheffield on one count each of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a violent crime and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking scheme, and two counts each of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.

Sheffield was indicted on an additional count of unlawful transport of a firearm, and Miller on one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and two counts of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.

The three remain jailed in Pearl River County without bond.

Miller and Glass, according to court documents, started trying in November to set up a deal to buy 3 kilograms of cocaine. During meetings with an informant, Miller said he sold heroin out of the bar and worked with members of a New Orleans drug trafficking organization. At another meeting, the two bar owners asked to buy a kilogram each of cocaine and heroin, records show.

Police arrested all three Jan. 23 in a traffic stop in Gulfport and seized cash and two guns. A mask and Uzi firearm were found at the bar.


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



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