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Centreville Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

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

Gulfport, Miss. –  A Centreville man pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Phillip Montgomery, 41, pled guilty in U.S. District in Gulfport on May 3, 2023.

According to court records, in late 2021, the DEA conducted an investigation involving a large drug trafficking organization trafficking large quantities of fentanyl in Moss Point, Mississippi.  The investigation revealed that individuals were selling fentanyl that was brought to them by Phillip Montgomery.  Montgomery admitted in court to bringing 3 kilograms of fentanyl into Jackson County and furnishing it to the individuals involved in the drug trafficking organization in Moss Point so that it could be sold.

Montgomery will be sentenced on August 3, 2023 and faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison.  A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose.

Updated May 4, 2023

Drug Trafficking