Convicted felon sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking crimes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man has been sentenced to over eight years in federal prison for drug trafficking crimes.

James Wilkins, 30, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Parker.

According to a release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Memphis police executed a traffic stop on Wilkins in Dec. 2017.

A strong marijuana smell came from the car when Wilkins lowered his window, according to the release.

When Wilkins exited the car, officers saw a loose pill on the driver’s seat, later identified as Oxycodone.

While searching the car, officers saw a loose panel in the center console.

They found two firearms and loaded magazines.

One of the firearms had been reported stolen.

Wilkins was arrested again on Dec. 10 when police were patrolling a high drug sales area near Chelsea Avenue.

Wilkins was found inside a car with a weapon and told officers he had some marijuana on him.

Officers found seven baggies of marijuana, according to the release.

Wilkins will serve 102 months in federal prison, followed by three years supervised release.