HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Jeff Davis County man was sentenced today in federal court for his connection to the Cedar Grove drug trafficking organization.
Mikell Gardner, 21, a/k/a-Mike Mike, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and 10 years supervised release by District Judge Keith Starrett.
Gardner previously pleaded guilty to count 2 of a multi-count indictment.
Count 2 detailed the conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. A further part of the conspiracy that they conspired to attempt to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, which involved less than 50 kilos of marijuana. The count continued to detail the conspiracy that they conspired to attempt to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, involving a mixture of substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.
Kentorre Hall, a/k/a-Toto, Roger Randale Jones, a/k/a-Hitman, and Martel Torres Barnes, a/k/a-Marty Mar all appeared before Judge Starrett last week where they were sentenced to life in prison. The three were all previously found guilty for the six-count indictment involving their connection with the Cedar Grove drug trafficking organization.
During the court proceedings Thursday morning Gardner expressed his regret and remorse for his actions. As he continued reading his prepared statement to the court, family members seated on the front row behind him could be heard crying as he continued to detail his actions.
Judge Starrett addressed Gardner stating "all of your co-defendants will never leave prison alive, they will die in prison and they should."
Starrett detailed to Gardner that he was part of one of the most violent and wicked drug trafficking organizations that he has seen in his time as a judge.