Georgia Man Sentenced for Transporting Meth, Heroin Disguised as Candy

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Defendant Caught with Almost 100 Pounds of Meth, 10 Pounds of Heroin Smuggled into U.S. From Mexico

Cleveland James McKinney, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced this week by Senior U.S. District David Bramlette III to 151 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for illegally transporting 41.97 kilograms of 100% pure methamphetamine and 4.5 kilograms of heroin that had been smuggled into the United States from Mexico, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Jere P. Miles announced with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.  McKinney was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

“This criminal endangered not just our citizens but our children, stooping so low as to disguise this poison as candy just so he could make a quick buck, caring not that it would cause damage, destruction and death in our communities.  Because of the great work of our federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as our prosecutors, this criminal will not be peddling these toxins to our kids or anyone else anymore,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst.

“By concealing dangerous narcotics as children’s candy, the defendant targeted our most vulnerable population, our youth,” said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Jere T. Miles. “Thanks to HSI special agents, and our partners at the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, our communities will be safer with this criminal behind bars.”

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