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Biloxi Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

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


Jackson, Miss. – Donte L. Evans, 43, of Biloxi, pled guilty today before United States District Judge Henry T. Wingate for his role in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas M. Annello of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans.

This case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed AOperation Pipeline,@ which began as an operation targeting illegal narcotics distribution in central Mississippi that involved the distribution of cocaine and marijuana. The distribution network encompassed the States of California, Texas and Mississippi. Evans received a quantity of cocaine for distribution from a co-conspirator that traveled from Jackson to Biloxi.

Evans will be sentenced by Judge Wingate on April 23, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release and a $5,000,000 fine.

This case was a joint investigation led by Homeland Security Investigations and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Jackson Police Department, and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Erin Chalk is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 24, 2018