- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Picayune man has pleaded guilty to a bill of information accusing of conspiring to distribute cocaine in Hancock County.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1LpB8vc) Chief District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Delano Lewis to 108 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

In the bill of information, Lewis is accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine in Hancock County from as early as 2013 through March 1, 2015.

Lewis also was one of five others indicted in a conspiracy to bring large amounts of “ice” methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana from Houston to Diamondhead.

The government has dismissed the charges against Lewis in that case.

The others arrested in the initial case were Kenneth Casey, 40, of Gulfport; Thomas Bernard, 34, of Pass Christian; Angel Case, 47, of Diamondhead; and Tonya Winn, 50, of Long Beach.

In that case, Casey, Bernard, Case and Winn have entered guilty pleas. They are awaiting sentencing.

All five, including Lewis, were first taken into custody after a June 18, 2013, search of a Diamondhead home that resulted in the seizure of ice, the purest form of meth, cocaine and prescription drugs. Case and Lewis were at the home at the time.

Case later admitted she was courier for Casey and Bernard and the three would pick up pounds of meth, kilos of cocaine and 50 to 100 pounds of marijuana from hotels in Houston to distribute in Hancock County. Case told agents which hotels they stayed at and records confirmed the hotel stays throughout 2013.

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

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