DEA AND MBN SMASH YAZOO CITY CRACK COCAINE RING
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JULY 26, 2006

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United States Attorney Dunn Lampton, Stephen A. Luzinski, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Marshall Fisher, Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) announce the culmination of a two year federal investigation targeting several high level Yazoo City crack cocaine organizations. As part of the investigation, DEA and MBN agents made undercover purchases of crack and powdered cocaine from Yazoo City distributors. In total, agents seized one kilogram of crack cocaine, five kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, ten firearms, and over $150,000 dollars in U.S. currency. The investigation revealed that most of the cocaine was supplied by Jackson based cocaine sources.

“Operations like this, conducted by federal and state drug agents, demonstrate our ongoing commitment to work together to attack and arrest drug dealers wherever they are found,” said United States Attorney Dunn Lampton.

“The citizens of Yazoo City deserve to live in a community free of rampant crack dealing. Today’s operation and arrests are an important step toward achieving that objective,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Stephen Luzinski.

“Combating drugs in our state is a serious undertaking and must be addressed daily. This successful operation is yet another example of what can be achieved through a dedicated coalition of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. This will not be the last operation of this type,” said MBN Director Marshall Fisher.

As part of the ongoing operation, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers previously executed arrests and search warrants in Hinds and Yazoo Counties. Today’s round-up resulted in the arrest of 5 defendants in Yazoo County.

The following individuals were named in federal indictments relating to drug trafficking activities:

Robert Earl Stewart, Yazoo City, MS – Entered guilty plea, sentenced to 151 months
Ozell Lewis, Sr., Yazoo City, MS – Entered guilty plea, sentenced to 135 months
Anthony Terrill Jackson, Yazoo City, MS – Entered guilty plea, awaiting sentencing
David Whatley, Yazoo County, MS – Entered guilty plea, awaiting sentencing
Johnny Walter Myles, Yazoo City, MS – Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Wayne Young, Yazoo City, MS – Arrested and Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Kevin Paul Young, Yazoo City, MS – Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Reginald Little, Yazoo City, MS – Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Demarcus Fowler, Yazoo City, MS – Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Roncedric Weekly, Yazoo City, MS – Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Xzavia Cage, Yazoo City, MS – Arrested and Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Walthaw Bennett, Jackson, MS – Entered guilty plea, sentenced to 120 months
Leo Bennett, Jackson, MS – Entered guilty plea, sentenced to Federal probation
Melvin Lamont Russell, Jackson, MS – Entered guilty plea, awaiting sentencing
Eric Singleton, Jackson, MS – Entered guilty plea, awaiting sentencing
Marlon Wells, Jackson, MS – Entered guilty plea, awaiting sentencing

The Indictments include a range of charges which consist of the following: Distribution of Cocaine/Cocaine Base, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine/Cocaine Base, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine/Cocaine Base, Misprision of a Felony, Attempt to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Other agencies participating in this investigation include the Gulf Coast HIDTA, Major Investigations Team, the Madison County Sheriffs Office and the Yazoo City Police Department.
As in any criminal case, a person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The charges filed merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

For further information, please contact U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton at 601-965-4480, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Stephen Luzinski at 601-965-4400, or MBN Director Marshall Fisher at 601-371-3623.