- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a leader of the Bloods street gang in Moss Point has been sentenced for trafficking marijuana, crack and powder cocaine in his hometown.

The Sun Herald Reports (bit.ly/1PiCAfS) Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced 36-year-old Melvin Summers to 12 years in prison followed by two years of supervised release on trafficking and firearms charges. Guirola waived restitution and a fine because he said Summers did not have the ability to pay. He did order Summers to pay a $100 special assessment.

Summers took responsibility for his crime.

“I’m sorry,” he told the judge. “I’d just like to have a second chance because I know I made mistakes. I’m only human. I’m sorry, and I’m sorry to my family.”

The government was satisfied with the sentence on the drug-trafficking charge and dismissed a charge of unlawful transport of a firearm, though Summers had pleaded guilty to that charge.

Mike Hines, a Pascagoula police officer assigned to the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, said Summers had been under investigation since March 2012 after a confidential informant told agents Summers had been dealing large amounts of marijuana and had sold crack, powder cocaine and firearms from a home he rented on Hubert Street. Hines said Summers used the home strictly for his drug business.

Summers carried a submachine gun when he was dealing drugs.

Summers and his wife, Alicia Yvette Graves, 29, of Moss Point, were later indicted on another federal drug conspiracy charge as well as a firearms charge. In that case, the pair sold less than 50 kilos of marijuana in Jackson County between April 18 and April 23.

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


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