Man gets 5 years for 30-pound meth deal

By The Associated Press

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A man who flew from Los Angeles to Gulfport, Miss., to transport 30 pounds of methamphetamine has been sentenced to prison for five years.

The Sun Herald reports Hector Leonardo Ramirez-Lopez will be turned over for deportation to Mexico after his prison term is over. He received the maximum penalty on a guilty plea to interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.

Ramirez-Lopez was using a fictitious name when he and an acquaintance came to Gulfport on commercial flights in May. His acquaintance was under surveillance by federal drug agents who received a tip about a man coming to Gulfport to coordinate a meth delivery.

Both men were arrested May 3 outside a hotel on U.S. 49.