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Gulfport man to serve 14 years for possession of cocaine after sentenced as habitual offender


GULFPORT, Mississippi — A Gulfport man will serve 14 years in prison for possession of cocaine after he was sentenced as a habitual offender.

District Attorney Joel Smith tells The Sun Herald ( ) 34-year-old Leonard Roosevelt Buckley pleaded guilty to the possession charge this week.

Judge Roger Clark sentenced Buckley to 14 years because he had three drug convictions in Harrison County.

His most recent conviction came as a result of a traffic stop Oct. 1, 2013. Officers noticed a vehicle blocking traffic in Gulfport and when they turned around to investigate, Buckley sped off and ran a stop sign.

He tried to elude officers but was stopped and was found to have a suspended license. Officers searched the car and found $5,000 in cash, and 7.2 grams of cocaine in Buckley's underwear.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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