Man accused of smuggling meth in tennis balls sentenced

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A Pascagoula man accused of arranging large shipments of meth from California to Jackson County has been sentenced to 23 years behind bars.

The Sun Herald reports that 27-year-old Michael Wayne “Swisha” Hanzik Jr. was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty in August to possession with intent to distribute meth.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden also fined Hanzik $5,000 and ordered him to serve three years under post-release supervision. The judge says Hanzik had an “elaborate and extensive” involvement in the meth distribution ring. Hanzik was known for hiding the drugs inside tennis balls in his vehicle.

He was arrested on March 24 during a traffic stop in Jackson County. Authorities seized the tennis balls from his car.