A Lutcher man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison after pleading guilty late last year to drug distribution counts, federal prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman on Monday gave Marquis Mitchell, 32, a prison term totaling 21 years and 10 months, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans said in a news release.

Mitchell pleaded guilty Dec. 8 to single counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, distribution of 50 or more grams of cocaine base and distribution of cocaine base, prosecutors said.

The counts stemmed from Mitchell’s alleged drug distribution activities that began before Jan. 8, 2010, and lasted until Feb. 12, 2010, prosecutors said.

On the counts of conspiracy and of distribution of 50 or more grams of cocaine, Mitchell had faced receiving a maximum term of life in prison from Judge Feldman, who is in the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans, prosecutors said.

The other counts presented a maximum of 30 years in prison, prosecutors said.