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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 6, 2014

Jackson Man Sentenced To Prison For Drug Trafficking

Jackson, Miss – Curtis Anthony Shell, 38, of Jackson, was sentenced on June 4, 2014, to 262 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute up to 8.4 kilograms of crack cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced today.

Shell orchestrated the distribution of crack cocaine and powder cocaine within Central Mississippi from Holmes County to Simpson County. At times, his network stretched as far as Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Twelve co-conspirators were also convicted in this case with sentences ranging from 36 months to the high of 262 months received by Shell. Large amounts of cash and several vehicles were seized as a result of this investigation.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis praised the cooperation exemplified by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in bringing this organization to its end.
“Thanks to the dedication and hard work of state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies, another illegal drug trafficker has been brought to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Davis. “We will continue to seek out and prosecute those who bring drugs into our Mississippi communities.”

“This case highlights the impact multiple agencies can have when they join forces. We will continue to work together and pursue those who threaten our communities through the distribution of illegal and dangerous drugs,” stated DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Floyd Baker.

The case was investigated through the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force with substantial involvement by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, Leake County Sheriff’s Office and Pearl Police Department..

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