- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - One of two men who pleaded guilty a conspiracy to distribute 5 or more kilos of cocaine in Pearl River County and elsewhere in South Mississippi has been sentenced to a 9½ year prison term.

In addition, The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1zQqrq7 ) Chief District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ordered Nicholas Wilkes to also serve five years under post-release supervision and to pay an $8,000 fine.

A second man, Juan Resendez, has also entered a guilty plea. His plea date is April 21. At the time of the federal indictment in Gulfport on Nov. 20, Wilkes was being held on a state charge.

The indictment accuses Wilkes and Resendez of conspiring to bring cocaine into South Mississippi from as early as 2005 through the date of the indictment.

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

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