Ex-Biloxi police officer gets 15 years for sale of Ecstasy

Published 7:17 pm Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Former Biloxi police officer Darrell D. Cvitanovich Jr. has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling Ecstasy.

Harrison County Circuit Judge Roger Clark on Monday suspended 10 years of the sentence, giving Cvitanovich five years to serve.

Cvitanovich pleaded guilty earlier this month to one of two drug charges.

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The 14-year veteran resigned following his arrest in June after a raid at his home turned up several tablets of Ecstasy and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Clark agreed to give Cvitanovich until noon Nov. 15 to turn himself in to go to prison.

Ecstasy, or MDMA, is an illegal stimulant known as a “club drug” because of its association with all-night dances or parties known as raves.

Authorities said Cvitanovich was charged with the transfer of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Prosecutors dropped the possession charge in exchange for the guilty plea.