A Hattiesburg, Miss. man apprehended by Ardmore police Wednesday when 2.75 pounds of methamphetamine was found stashed in his car while parked at a local apartment complex appeared in Carter County District Court Thursday.

Antonio Mickel appeared before Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin to face a charge of aggravated drug trafficking. The charge, filed by District Attorney Craig Ladd, alleges Mickel “unlawfully, willfully, knowingly and wrongfully committed” the crime. Investigators estimated the street value of the 2.75 pounds of methamphetamine, once it is cut and distributed, could easily exceed $247,000. If convicted, the 25-year-old man faces 15 years to life in prison and/or a fine ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. During the initial court appearance Thursday, Baldwin set a $40,000 cash only bond and scheduled a pre-conference for 9 a.m. Jan. 6.

APD patrol officers responded to the Willowbrook Apartments after receiving a report of suspicious activity surrounding Mickel’s Mustang which was sitting in the parking lot. During the subsequent investigation, officers found the large cache of methamphetamine stashed in the car. Mickel was taken into custody without incident. Two women, who were also found in the car, were initially detained, but formal charges against both women were declined.

According to a CCDC spokesperson, Laporsche Mickel, also known as Laprosche Nicolson, 26, Killeen, Texas, and Darnese Brierton, 25, Killeen, Texas, were released from the county jail Thursday afternoon. But the CCDC spokesperson confirmed Mickel remained detained pending the posting of bond or the outcome of the case against him.