2 Texans admit to meth conspiracy in Mississippi

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Two Texas men have admitted conspiring to distribute crystal meth in Mississippi from January 2013 through mid-July.

The Sun Herald reports 37-year-old Sergio Contreras, of Penitas, Texas, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Twenty-seven-year-old Oscar Martinez, of Weslaco, Texas, pleaded guilty Feb. 23.

They each face maximum penalties of 20 years in prison, three years’ probation and a $1 million fine.

Prosecutors say the drug crimes were committed in George County.

A federal grand jury had indicted both in July, saying the amount of crystal meth, known as ice, was large enough to merit a prison term of 10 years to life.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden set Contreras’ sentencing for May 23. Martinez will be sentenced May 25.