Habitual Offender Receives 60-Year Sentence for Sale of Methamphetamine

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Stewart Chase Vaughn was sentenced to serve 60 years after being convicted by a jury for selling methamphetamine. Vaughn was sentenced as a habitual offender. He will have to serve his sentence day-for-day without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.

At the time of his arrest, Vaughn was on probation for Possession of Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to sell Methamphetamine.

In November 2012, a confidential informant working with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department contacted Vaughn about the purchase of $300 of methamphetamine. Vaughn instructed the informant to meet him at his residence in Pelahatchie.

A Rankin County Sheriff’s Deputy drove the confidential informant to the site where the informant met Vaughn. Upon his arrival, the confidential informant exited the vehicle and purchased the methamphetamine from Vaughn. The confidential informant was wearing an audio recording device.

At the time of the sell, deputies were waiting on Vaughn to exit the buy-area before pulling him over. As Vaughn pulled out of the neighborhood deputies stopped the vehicle that he was riding in and Vaughn was placed under arrest. The driver of the car told law enforcement that Vaughn threw some items from the car before the vehicle came to a stop. Officers searched the area and located cash and several small baggies. Officers compared the serial numbers of the bills recovered and determined that the cash was the buy money that was used to purchase the methamphetamine.

Guest stated, “Methamphetamine has become the fastest growing drug that dealers are selling on the streets of our communities. We are reminded every day of the growing violence associated with drug use and abuse. Hopefully this conviction and sentence will help save at least one young person from ruining his life on the methamphetamine that Vaughan was dealing.”

Guest added, “Vaughn is both a drug dealer and a habitual offender who will now have to spend most of the rest of his life in prison. It is our goal to work with law enforcement to see that those who sell drugs are arrested and prosecuted, and we will continue to target career drug dealers like Vaughn.”

Guest concluded, “The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department did an outstanding job putting this case together and because of their hard work and dedication one more career drug dealer is off our streets.”

Defendants:
Name: Stewart Chase Vaughn
Date of Birth: September 12, 1981
Address: Morton, MS