News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Warren Rivera
Number: (504) 840-1070

17 Members of Cocaine Distribution Ring Arrested in Round-Up

MAY 12 -- Jim M. Greenlee, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, Joel K. Reece, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Marshall Fisher, Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and Charles Patterson, Chief of the Greenville Police Department, announced that 17 individuals have been arrested on federal indictments charging them with various narcotics related offenses related to the illegal distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine. More indictments are expected.

Appearing today in United States District Court in Greenville, Mississippi, before United States Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders after arrest include:

Typhon Armstrong, 37, Drew, Mississippi
Stacy Brown, 24, Ruleville, Mississippi
Maurice Clark, 33, Drew, Mississippi
Willie Lee Fields, 35, Cleveland, Mississippi
Nick Harmon, Jr., 29, Greenville, Mississippi
Freddie Harris, Jr., 25, Greenville, Mississippi
Gregory Host, 34, Greenville, Mississippi
Brian Johnson, 31, Greenville, Mississippi
Vince Johnson, 24, Greenville, Mississippi
Julius McCullum, 40, Greenville, Mississippi
Roderick Miller, 33, Drew, Mississippi
Marvin Rancifer, 35, Greenville, Mississippi
Henry Rucker, 36, Shaw, Mississippi
Greg Suber, 35, Greenville, Mississippi
Randy Whitehead, 33, Greenville, Mississippi
Christopher York, 27, Greenville, Mississippi
Shanisha Williams a/k/a Shanisha Seaton, 32, of Bartlett, Tennessee, was also arrested today in conjunction with this investigation on federal indictment and taken to Memphis for an initial appearance.

Also indicted pursuant to this investigation but previously arrested include James Hicks, 29, Greenville, Mississippi, Jean Woods, 25, Greenville, Mississippi, and Larry D. McKnight, 44, Mound Bayou, Mississippi.

United States Attorney Jim M. Greenlee said, “The operation was a success primarily because of the outstanding cooperation between all of the agencies of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. The Greenville Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Charles Patterson, has done an especially outstanding job in coordinating and furthering this investigation.”

Greenlee further said, “These arrests could not have been accomplished without the hard and dangerous work of the United States Marshals Service and the assistance of local law enforcement, including Sheriff Milton Gaston, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff James Haywood, Sunflower County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff H.M. “Mack” Grimmett, Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office.” Greenlee also stated that the individuals named herein have been arrested pursuant to grand jury indictments which are accusations, and under our system of justice, each of these defendants is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

According to Joel Reece, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Agency,“This year long investigation is an attempt to dismantle drug trafficking organizations operating in the Mississippi Delta. Successful dismantlement of drug trafficking organizations will have a positive effect on the quality of life for citizens of this region, and can be attributed to outstanding cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, combined with guidance and aggressive prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi.”

Marshall Fisher, Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, stated: "The culmination of this investigation should have a significant positive impact on the illicit drug trade in the Mississippi Delta. Drug trafficking is a serious threat to public safety and the quality of life in our communities. By combining federal, state, and local resources these defendants are now facing federal drug charges and federal prison. The outstanding work of the field agents and federal prosecutors is commendable."

This matter has been under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Greenville Police Department, and Sunflower County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecution of the cases is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Curtis Ivy and Chad Doleac.