Vancleave gang member facing 10 years in federal prison

Vancleave gang member facing 10 years in federal prison
James Edwards Hays, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to possession of a firearm by a felon.

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A gang member from Vancleave is facing up to ten years in federal prison after authorities found a gun on him earlier this year.

James Edwards Hays, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Authorities say Hays was found April 25, 2018, passed behind the wheel of a running car at a gas station in Jackson County. Sheriff's deputies found a loaded gun on Hays, along with methamphetamine and heroin.

According to the Department of Justice, Hays is a Simon City Royal gang member. He is now facing up to ten years in prison on the gun charge. He could also be fined $250,000 and three years of supervised release. His sentencing date is set for Jan. 18, 2019.

Federal, state, and local authorities announced Project EJECT last month. The major crime-fighting operation targets career criminal offenders, armed narcotics traffickers, and documented gang members in Jackson County.

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