- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - An Arizona man is set for trial in a Mississippi meth-trafficking case after numerous delays, including his failure to appear in court and his disappearance.

Xavier Terrazas, 29. is in custody pending trial on a court calendar that starts Feb. 29.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1ZZYMCN) Terrazas is accused of distributing crystal meth, or ice — meth in its purest form — in Harrison County and elsewhere from at least September 2012 until his July 23, 2013, indictment.

He faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth.

Terrazas was arrested in Arizona in March 2014 and taken before a federal judge in Phoenix, where he was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance in Gulfport. He was allowed to remain free after his arraignment the following month.

Court records show he asked to be excused from hearing a motion hearing Dec. 29, 2014, and was scheduled to change his plea Dec. 30, 2014, but did not show up. A public defender’s court filing said he had been in a motorcycle accident was hospitalized for nearly two weeks just before the hearing.

On Feb. 10, he asked that the plea hearing be cancelled so his charge could be resolved in a federal court in Phoenix. The case was sent back to Gulfport for prosecution after a court filing Sept. 30 said his whereabouts in Arizona was unknown.

He was arrested on a bench warrant and brought to court in Gulfport on Jan. 13.


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

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