A North Carrollton man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for a drug charge from last year.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills in Oxford sentenced 25-year-old Martez Perry to 57 months behind bars for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, according to a press release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

In October, Perry was arrested in Greenwood by the combined forces of the Greenwood Police Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

He was taken to federal lockup in Oxford and was indicted by a federal grand jury later that month for two counts of selling meth and one count of possession of a firearm. In early November, Drug Enforcement Adminstration agents and Carroll County deputies testified against Perry. The judge ordered that Perry be held without bond.

The Sheriff’s Department had worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics for a yearlong investigation to identify meth pipelines in Carroll County, such as the one operated by Perry, Sheriff Clint Walker said.

Using undercover informants, “we made multiple-ounce deals” for meth with Perry in Carroll County, Walker said. The findings from the three meth deals informants made with Perry were used to charge him.

The sentencing of Perry concludes the investigation, the sheriff said.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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