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Gulfport Man Sentenced to Over Three Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

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

Gulfport, Miss. –  A Gulfport man was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for possession 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.  

Deandre Alexander Oliver, 25, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.   

According to court documents, in July of 2021, as part of the investigation into the death of an airman at Keesler Air Force Base, a drug trafficking organization was identified as operating in the sale of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in Harrison County, Mississippi.  This drug organization had provided fentanyl to Emmett Bennett who then caused a traffic accident on the base, killing one airman and injuring three others. 

As a result of this investigation, Deandre Oliver was identified as a person who also sold fentanyl in the same drug trafficking network.  On August 24, 2021, 20 counterfeit Percocet tablets containing fentanyl were purchased from Oliver in a controlled drug buy.    

Oliver was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 7, 2022.  He pled guilty on December 16, 2022, to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

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


Updated March 17, 2023

Drug Trafficking