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Jefferson County Felon Convicted Following Four-Day Trial for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Multiple Firearms Charges

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

Jackson, Miss. – A Jefferson County felon was found guilty in U.S. District Court following a four-day jury trial of three counts of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, with one count charging 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives made the announcement.

According to court documents, Boris Ward, 49, conducted two controlled sales of a half-ounce of methamphetamine in Jefferson County on June 1st and June 13th, 2018.  After the two controlled sales, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and other agencies executed a search warrant at Ward’s residence and recovered 10 firearms and over 540 grams of 100% pure methamphetamine.  Ward was previously convicted of a 2022 felony drug crime in Jefferson County.

Ward will be sentenced on January 11, 2023.  He faces a maximum term of life imprisonment.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bert Carraway and Andrew W. Eichner are prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated September 12, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses