June 7, 2012
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guestannounced today that Shaun Mays was sentenced to serve 54 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of Marijuana and Cocaine.
On November 22, 2008, the Flowood Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Mays. Mays presented the officer with a Texas driver’s license, but he informed the officer that he was in town because he was attending school at Jackson State University. During the officer’s conversation with Mays, he noticed that Mays appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, and Mays admitted to the officer that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.
Officers received consent to search Mays’ vehicle and located hidden in the vehicle three pounds of marijuana, nine ounces of power cocaine and an ounce and a half of crack cocaine. Mays was arrested and posted bond on these charges.
Shaun Mays was later indicted by the Rankin County Grand Jury for possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine. Mays appeared in court on March 7, 2011 and entered pleas of guilty to both counts. Sentencing was set for March 11, and Mays was allowed to remain free on the bond he had previously posted. Mays failed to appear for sentencing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On December 11, 2011, the Flowood Police Department stopped a vehicle in which Mays was a passenger. Mays was arrested for failing to appear for sentencing. During a search on the vehicle officers recovered a firearm and $22,960.00 in United States currency.
Mays was taken to the Rankin County Jail and ordered held without bond. He appeared before Judge John Emfinger on May 21, 2012, for sentencing on the charges for which he pled guilty to on March of 2011, and was sentence to serve 54 years in the Department of Corrections.
Guest stated, “Mays is a drug dealer who thought he could beat the criminal justice system by not appearing for sentencing. Even after he failed to appear for sentencing he continued to engage in illegal activity as is evident by law enforcement recovering both a firearm and $22,960.00 that was hidden in a secret compartment within the vehicle.”
Guest added, “As a result of this conviction Mays will now be spending decades behind bars. Mays erroneously believed he could run from the judicial system and continue life of crime, but his days of supplying marijuana and cocaine have come to an end.”
Guest concluded, “Mays biggest mistake may have been returning to Flowood after he failed to appear for sentencing after he pled guilty. The outstanding work of the Flowood Police Department led to in a major drug dealer being taken off the streets, as well as resulting in the seizure of three pounds of marijuana, ten and a half ounces of cocaine, a firearm and $22,960.00 in United States Currency.”