Feds arrest 27 in Neshoba Co. narcotics investigation
NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Twenty-seven arrests were made Friday as part of a sweeping law enforcement operation in Neshoba County that targeted people trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.
Authorities say the arrests followed a multi-year investigation by Homeland Security Investigations New Orleans, dubbed Operation High Life. The HSI-led investigation is the result of ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) efforts, a partnership that brings together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
“This investigation is about more than disrupting the flow of drugs being trafficked into and around our communities; it’s also about removing violent criminal elements that often accompanies transnational criminal activities,” said HSI New Orleans acting Special Agent in Charge Jack Staton. “Today’s operation demonstrates that HSI will continue to support our law enforcement partners to identify, investigate, and disrupt criminal organizations that threaten our communities.”
“This operation protects our children and those in our communities from dangerous, destructive, and deadly drugs and from the violence that comes with these criminal enterprises,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “The Attorney General’s Office will continue to partner with local, State, and federal partners in efforts like this one to keep our communities safe and secure.”
|Prior to these arrests Friday, the ongoing investigation had resulted in 38 state and federal convictions and the seizure of 85 pounds of methamphetamine, 5 kilograms of cocaine, 270 pounds of marijuana, 300 dosage units of fentanyl, and 16 firearms.|
|Newscenter 11 reported the most recent conviction in this ongoing investigation Wednesday, with the sentencing of Landon Marquale Dupree, 35, of Philadelphia, Miss. He was charged and pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Mississippi to selling methamphetamine to an individual July 15, 2019. Dupree was sentenced to serve 189 months in federal prison, followed by eight years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $4,595 in restitution to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.|
The case is being prosecuted by Steven Kilgore, District Attorney, Eight Judicial District. The following individuals were charged under Mississippi law with conspiracy to commit a crime relative to narcotics possession and distribution. The narcotics involved in methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription medications.
The defendants charged include:
Tomas ‘TJ’ Wilkerson
Richard Chat Cumberland
Robert “Rob” Donald
Jaedeius “Dee” Peebles
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