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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Three Mississippi Men Plead Guilty To Drug Conspiracy Charges

Jackson, Miss - Charles Dewayne Loper, 35, of Forest, Mississippi, Willie Carlos Johnson, 25, of Forest, Mississippi, and Scottland R. Stewart, 28, of Lake, Mississippi, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced.

Loper pled guilty on March 1, 2013 and will be sentenced on May 14, 2013. Johnson and Stewart pled guilty on March 4, 2013 and will be sentenced on May 16, 2013. All three defendants face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

The defendants were indicted as a result of an extensive investigation dubbed “Operation Brusha” targeting illegal narcotics distribution in Scott County, Mississippi.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Assisting agencies included the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Forest Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Chalk.

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