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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Multiple Drugs

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


Jackson, Miss. – Ance Payton, 42, of Jackson, pled guilty today before United States District Judge Tom S. Lee, to possessing several illegal drugs with the intent to distribute them, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

In 2017, the Jackson Police Department received several complaints from Crime Stoppers and concerned citizens about a home on Plantation Boulevard in Jackson, Mississippi. Law enforcement began an investigation that included physical surveillance. During that time, they saw hand-to-hand transactions and other indicators of drug dealing. Law enforcement obtained a search warrant. When executing that warrant, investigators found hundreds of grams of marijuana, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and hydrocodone pills. They also found a digital scale and other evidence of drug-distribution activities.

In their search, detectives recovered a revolver, which Payton illegally possessed. They also found evidence of illegal dog fighting, including twelve pit bulls.

Payton will be sentenced in Jackson by Judge Tom S. Lee on October 18, 2018, and faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $1,250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Jackson Police Department.

Updated July 19, 2018

Drug Trafficking