Meth dealer sentenced 17-years in prison

MARQUETTE — Jerry James Whitebird, 34, of Bessemer was sentenced to 17 years in prison today after pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and a count related to a felon in possession of firearms June 26, 2017.

In January, Gogebic Iron-Area Narcotics Team (GIANT) searched Whitebird’s residence and found over 400 grams of crystal meth along with almost 200 grams of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.  He also has six children and owes over $25,000 in child support.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney sentenced Whitebird to the 212 month prison sentence.