Tennessee man sentenced to life in prison for meth trafficking

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A West Tennessee man was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney for the West District of Tennessee.

WBBJ reported that 47-year-old Michael Jay Harris, of McNairy County, was sentenced on Thursday after being convicted in August of possession of 98 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Harris had four prior drug trafficking convictions in Tennessee, according to WBBJ, and faced a mandatory life sentence as a career drug offender.

When agents arrested Harris at his residence last February, they found three and a half ounces of meth and marijuana along with digital scales and drug paraphernalia.

Investigators said Harris attempted to fight officers.

A chemist with the DEA said the meth was more than 97 percent pure, and an agent testified it could have been distributed to more than a thousand drug users, based on its purity.

“Methamphetamine that is trafficked in and through West Tennessee continues to increase in purity, which increases its potential to cause addiction, injury, and death,” U.S. Attorney Dunavant said in the release. “Harris is a career drug offender who has devoted his life to criminal activity that endangered the citizens of West Tennessee, and this life sentence is well-earned and justified to protect the public. I commend the outstanding investigative work of local law enforcement, and thank (Assistant U.S. Attorney) Matt Wilson for his effective prosecution of this important case.”