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Southern District of Mississippi

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Memphis Man Sentenced on Marjiuana Charges


Jackson, Miss. – Eddie Lee Hunt, 48, of Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to 14 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release and a $1,500 fine for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Thomas M. Annello, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans. He pled guilty to the charge on October 19, 2017.

Hunt traveled from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to purchase over 17 pounds of Marijuana. Following a traffic stop of the vehicle Hunt was driving, the marijuana was discovered in the trunk.

This case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed AOperation Pipeline@, which began as an operation targeting illegal narcotics distribution in central Mississippi that involved the distribution of Methamphetamine and Marijuana. The distribution network encompasses the States of California, Texas and Mississippi.

The investigation was led by ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Jackson Police Department, and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin Chalk.

Updated February 8, 2018