Kiln man gets 10 years for meth ring
By Dwayne Bremer
Apr 1, 2014, 17:42
A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Kiln man to 10 years in federal prison on Monday for his role in an alleged methamphetamine ring which had operated out of Hancock County over the past few years.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on Monday sentenced Justin Brown, 27, to ten years in federal prison and ordered him to pay a $3,000 fine and serve five years probation when is released.
Brown pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth in December. He faced a maximum of life in prison.
Brown was one of eight suspects arrested last September during a raid by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.
Others arrested in the bust included Jesse W. Bellais, 29; his brother William Cole Bellais, 26; Miranda Comfort, 21; Brennon Dedeaux, 18; Heath Johnston, 33; and Christopher Butler, 34, all from Kiln.
Federal authorities charged the Bellais brothers, Comfort, Brown, and Gentry were all charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of meth. Dedeaux, Johnston, and Butler were arrested on state narcotics and weapons charges.
During the arrests, local and federal agents located more than an ounce of meth and nearly 100 firearms at the various homes of the suspects, officials said.
The Bellais brothers and Gentry have also entered guilty pleas to federal charges and their sentences are scheduled to be handed down in May.