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

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Forest Man Pleads Guilty To Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine

Jackson, Miss - Arthur Wayne Townsend, 56, of Forest, Mississippi, pled guilty in federal court today to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis. Townsend will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves on April 25, 2014 and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

The indictment in 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, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and Homeland Security Investigations. Assisting agencies included the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Forest Police Department, and Scott County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin O. Chalk.

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