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Canton Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Drug Trafficking

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

Jackson, Miss. – A Canton man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for drug trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley of the Drug Enforcement Administration.   

Dwight Powell, 54, was charged following an extensive DEA investigation into drug traffickers in central Mississippi. The investigation resulted in the total seizure of approximately $585,000.00 in U.S. currency and 12 kilograms of cocaine. 

Powell was ensnared as part of the investigation and  pled guilty on July 30, 2021, to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Powell was prosecuted as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks. 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Police Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Internal Revenue Service.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Keesha Middleton and former Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wansley.


Updated November 29, 2021

Drug Trafficking