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Bay St. Louis Man Sentenced to Nearly Five Years in Prison for Interstate Travel in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Gulfport, MS –A Bay St. Louis man was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for his role in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.

Kolby Zu Sims, 21, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

According to court documents, on August 29, 2023, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration followed up on a written complaint alleging drug trafficking at the Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  Agents surveilled the motel and narrowed down the suspected parties and rooms.  Agents observed a red Toyota Camry arrive at the hotel to pick up two of the individuals suspected of selling drugs. Agents followed the vehicle across state lines and observed the occupants of the vehicle participate in what appeared to be a drug transaction in Louisiana.  After the transaction, agents followed the Camry back into Mississippi and conducted a traffic stop. Kolby Sims was identified as one of the occupants of the vehicle who had contributed funds to buy approximately 1000 fentanyl-laced pills to bring back from Louisiana for sale in Mississippi.

Sims pled guilty on March 6, 2024, to interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.  The DEA reports that two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal, and one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.  More facts on fentanyl can be found at and

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Anessa Daniels-McCaw of the Drug Enforcement Administration made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose prosecuted the case.

Updated June 26, 2024

Drug Trafficking