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‘Career Drug Offender’ Gets Life for Meth Trafficking

Michael J. Harris

A McNairy County man with four prior drug trafficking convictions in Tennessee was sentenced to life in prison for methamphetamine trafficking on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Michael Jay Harris, 46, of Finger, Tenn. faced a mandatory life sentence as a career drug offender, a news release states.

Law enforcement found Harris in possession of three and a half ounces of ice methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as digital scales and drug paraphernalia when officers went to his home Feb. 13, 2017, to serve an outstanding warrant, the release says. Harris became combative and attempted to fight the officers.

A chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration found the methamphetamine was more than 97 percent pure. An FBI agent testified that the meth was so pure that it could have been distributed to more than 1,000 drug users, according to D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

“Methamphetamine that is trafficked in and through West Tennessee continues to increase in purity, which increases its potential to cause addiction, injury, and death,” Dunavant said. “Harris is a career drug offender who has devoted his life to criminal activity that endangered the citizens of West Tennessee, and this life sentence is well-earned and justified to protect the public.”

Harris was convicted by a jury for possession of 98 grams of actual methamphetamine with the intent to distribute after a trial in August.

Dunavant commended the law enforcement officials for their work on the case. Agents with the McNairy County Narcotics Unit, the Selmer Police Department and McNairy County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the case.

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