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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 1, 2016

Four Sentenced In Drug and Money Laundering Case

Jackson, Miss - Four family members and drug money laundering associates of convicted drug dealer Marvin Rocedreck Brown were sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III on June 30, 2016, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Special Agent in Charge Jerome R. McDuffie with IRS Criminal Investigation.

Corina LeAnn Cornell, 39, of Union, Crystylin D. Patrick, 42, of Union, Linda Kay Parker, 57, of Decatur, and Sandra Denise Brown, 52, of Decatur, were all indicted on April 21, 2015 with Marvin Rocedreck Brown in a 21-count criminal indictment on charges of conspiracy, laundering drug proceeds in financial transactions involving the purchase of several real properties and personal properties, and multiple counts of causing Forms 8300 to not be filed with the Internal Revenue Service for cash transactions exceeding $10,000.

Marvin Rocedreck Brown, 42, of Union, Missisisppi, pled guilty on March 28, 2016 to conspiracy to launder drug proceeds and will be sentenced on July 12, 2016 before U.S. District Judge David Bramlette. Brown will also be sentenced on July 11, 2016 by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves after being found guilty by a jury in December 2015 on three counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Corina LeAnn Cornell pled guilty on March 28, 2016, to conspiracy to launder drug proceeds. She was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $1500 fine.

Crystylin D. Patrick pled guilty on March 28, 2016 to conspiracy to launder drug proceeds. She was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

Linda Kay Parker pled guilty on March 28, 2016 to a Criminal Information charging her with structuring and causing a bank to fail to file a Currency Transaction Report. She was sentenced to 2 years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Sandra Denise Brown pled guilty on March 28, 2016 to a Criminal Information charging her with structuring and causing a bank to fail to file a Currency Transaction Report. She was sentenced to 2 years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) investigation has also resulted in the seizure or forfeiture of various real and personal properties. This includes real estate on Highway 489, Union, Mississippi; residence and land on Highway 15, Union, MS; and the mobile home park on Rigdon Road, Union, Mississippi.

The personal assets include several vehicles, U.S. currency, a checking account, a Kubota tractor, a Kamatsu bulldozer, a Fortress track paver, motorcycles, a John Deere tractor and front loader, a Toro Z mower, a GMC dump truck, a utility fleet trailer, and several all-terrain vehicles.

Special Agent in Charge Jerome R. McDuffie, IRS Criminal Investigation, stated, “Today’s sentencing represents the conclusion of a very important investigation for this area. Corina Cornell, Crystylln Patrick, Linda Parker, and Sandra Brown were held accountable today for their role in the laundering of drug proceeds gained from the operation of Marvin Brown’s drug trafficking organization. Drug trafficking is a crime that is deterring the growth of our communities and increasing the economic depression that is so acutely apparent in rural areas such as Newton county. IRS Criminal Investigation is particularly proud of the work we do to enhance the OCDETF program, and the investigation of drug trafficking organizations. We will continue to work hand in hand with our law enforcement counterparts to put an end to the laundering of illegal drug proceeds in our communities, and do our part to help take back the streets in communities both large and small.”

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics with assistance from the Decatur Police Department and the Neshoba County Sherriff’s Office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Darren J. LaMarca and Erin Chalk.

Updated July 1, 2016