Man sentenced to 12 years after drugs disguised as children’s candy traveled through Mississippi

Almost 100 pounds of meth, 10 pounds of heroin smuggled into U.S. from Mexico

Man sentenced to 12 years after drugs disguised as children’s candy traveled through Mississippi
Cleveland James McKinney, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia sentenced to 151 months in federal prison (Source: Madison County Detention Center)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A Georgia man faces more than 12 years in prison after he was accused of moving drugs through Mississippi.

Cleveland James McKinney, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Investigators say he was transporting about 42 kilograms of meth and 4.5 kilograms of heroin that had been smuggled into the United States from Mexico

McKinney was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

Meth and heroin disguised as children's candy smuggled into U.S. from Mexico
Meth and heroin disguised as children's candy smuggled into U.S. from Mexico (Source: DOJ U.S. Attorney's Office So. Dist. of Ms)

Investigators say on April 16, 2018, McKinney traveled to Brandon, Mississippi from Atlanta, Georgia, to pick up a drug shipment that originated in Mexico and entered the United States through Brownsville, Texas. The drugs were concealed in what appeared to be shrink-wrapped, bulk packaged children’s candy.

Law enforcement intercepted the drug shipment and replaced the drugs with a fake substance in nearly-identical packaging.

Evelyn Michelle Hernandez was also indicted and was sentenced by Judge Bramlette on November 19, 2019, to 168 months in federal prison.

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