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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Forest Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

Jackson, Miss - Herbert Jerome Townsend, 31, of Forest, Mississippi, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine (“ice”), U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced. Townsend will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves on July 11, 2013 and faces a maximum punishment of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

This case was the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed “Operation Brusha” targeting illegal narcotics distribution in Scott County, Mississippi. The investigation was conducted by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Forest Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin O. Chalk is prosecuting the case.

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