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8 Pine Belt men indicted on federal drug charges

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Eight Pine Belt men are behind bars and facing federal charges after a multi-year investigation led authorities to a drug trafficking organization with ties to California.

Five of the eight suspects were taken into custody early Tuesday morning as multiple local, state and federal agencies served high-risk search warrants in Forrest and Jones Counties. The other three suspects self-surrendered to authorities.

The suspects appeared at the William M. Colmer Federal Courthouse in Hattiesburg Wednesday for their initial appearance.

  • Dexter Jones was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Jones did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others both known, and unknown to the grand jury to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine, and cocaine hydrochloride. The indictment details that the amount involved in the conspiracy attributable to him as a result of his conduct, and the conduct of other conspirators reasonably foreseeable to him, is 50 grams or more of actual meth.

  • Darrion Jones was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Jones did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others both known, and unknown to the grand jury to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine, and cocaine hydrochloride. The indictment details that the amount involved in the conspiracy attributable to him as a result of his conduct, and the conduct of other conspirators reasonably foreseeable to him, is 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of meth. Jones was also named in an affidavit in the case that was connected with Shareka Holmes, who was arrested in Lamar County in August 2017. Court records show that MBN intercepted a package that contained 1,993.6 grams of alleged meth. Agents did a controlled delivery, and placed the package on the front porch of the recipient and set up surveillance. Court records show that Holmes picked up the package and put it in a gold Cadillac Escalade, which was parked at the residence already. She then left in her own vehicle, where she was followed by agents. Records show she gave consent for them to search, and they recovered 860 grams of meth. She claimed the 860 grams belonged to Jones. She was charged with one count of sell of controlled substance with intent to distribute. 

  • Mitchell Jones was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Jones did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others both known, and unknown to the grand jury to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine, and cocaine hydrochloride. The indictment details that the amount involved in the conspiracy attributable to him as a result of his conduct, and the conduct of other conspirators reasonably foreseeable to him, is 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of meth.

  • Jamie Wheat was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Wheat did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others both known, and unknown to the grand jury to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine, and cocaine hydrochloride. The indictment details that the amount involved in the conspiracy attributable to him as a result of his conduct, and the conduct of other conspirators reasonably foreseeable to him, is 50 grams or more of actual meth.

  • John Foster was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Foster did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others both known, and unknown to the grand jury to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine, and cocaine hydrochloride. The indictment details that the amount involved in the conspiracy attributable to him as a result of his conduct, and the conduct of other conspirators reasonably foreseeable to him, is a mixture of substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine hydrochloride and 50 grams or more of actual meth.

  • Cedric Walker was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Walker did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others, both known and unknown to the grand jury, to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual meth. The indictment details that Walker aided and abetted by others, known and unknown, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual meth.

  • Roderick Simpson was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Simpson did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others, both known and unknown to the grand jury, to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual meth. The indictment details that Simpson aided and abetted by others, known and unknown, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual meth (x 2).

  • Derrick Coleman was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Coleman did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others, both known and unknown to the grand jury, to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual meth. The indictment details that Coleman aided and abetted by others, known and unknown, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual meth.

The suspects all pleaded not guilty during their initial appearance and will have their detention hearing Friday afternoon Oct. 27, 2017 in federal court. Until then, they will all remain in federal custody.

“This is another great example of how the efforts of DEA and MBN continue dismantling drug trafficking organizations within our state,” said Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy.

Parts of the investigation started in 2015, and as the investigation progressed, the number of people involved continued to grow.

“One of our primary focuses in these long-term drug investigations is to make sure we dismantle it and cut the head off the snake,” Dowdy said. “In this one we did, we were also able to take out the supplier in California.”

One of the agents on the task-force in the investigation belongs to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department, which Sheriff Danny Rigel said he couldn’t be prouder to be a part of.

“There are several local jurisdictions that assign a deputy to the task force, and it’s collectively making an impact, a lot more on broader scale than we could just do with our limited resources in Lamar County,” Rigel said. “By collectively joining in with state and federal authorities we can join in and cover more ground and we’re proud to be a part of this task force that led this investigation.”

A 2007 Cadillac Escalade, 2010 Dodge Charger, and a 2008 Chevy Silverado were also seized during the investigation according to court records.

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