GULFPORT – Take part of his life … please.

Jack Benny Hales, 30, of Laurel was sentenced to 157 months — a little more than 13 years — in federal prison Thursday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden Jr. for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

On Jan. 23, Hales delivered over 50 grams of 94-percent pure methamphetamine to a “cooperating source” in Gulfport, according to reports. Prior to successfully delivering the meth, HSI agents learned of Hales’ location. Agents went to the location and blocked Hales’ car in the parking lot. While arresting Hales, agents found the methamphetamine in a bag in his car.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Jere T. Miles, who is a special agent with ICE and Homeland Security.

After his time in prison — which is day for day, with no chance for early release in federal prison — Hales will have to serve five years of supervised release and pay a $5,000 fine.

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