News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2012
Contact: Terry E. Davis
Number: 504-840-1360

Mississippi Marijuana Money Laundering Charges for Seven

One of the seized tractor trailers. Seized marijuana from residential search warrant.
One of the seized tractor trailers.
Seized marijuana from residential search warrant.

March 12 (Jackson, MS) - Seven individuals have been charged in two separate money laundering schemes stemming from large marijuana distribution conspiracies being operated out of central Mississippi, U.S. Attorney John Dowdy announced today.

Patrina Bester Hayes, 35, of Paulding, MS, and Lornell Von Moore, 46, of Louin, MS, have been charged in a 19-count indictment with conspiring to launder drug proceeds and money laundering and evasion of Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements.

Seized custom Chevy Camaro.
Seized custom Chevy Camaro.

In a separate indictment, Jessie J. Hall, 38, of Forest, MS, Sylvania Laranda Young, 40, of Ferriday, LA, Bridget Michelle Bland, 43, of Newton, MS, Willie Charles Rhodes, 53, of Brandon, MS, and Shannon Denise Hall, 40, of Morton, MS, were also charged with conspiring to launder drug proceeds and with money laundering and evasion of Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements.

Investigating officers seized as part of the investigation:

  • $853,859.26 cash
  • Ten tractor trucks
  • Eight tractor trailers
  • 12 personal cars including luxury vehicles
  • Assorted Jewelry
  • Three houses
  • Several thousand of pound of marijuana

The Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with officers from the Ridgeland

Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, and the

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics initially investigated the drug distribution ring which led to the conviction of 14 other defendants on various counts of conspiring to distribute thousands of kilograms of marijuana. The public is reminded that, as in any criminal case, a person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The charges filed merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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