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Memphis Man Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Federal Prison for Cocaine Trafficking Organization Covering Multiple States

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Fortrell Latrae Sain, 38, of Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 210 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Jere T. Miles with Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.  Sain was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. 

In late 2018, HSI agents began investigating a drug trafficking organization with connections to Memphis, Tennessee, and Indianapolis, Indiana.  Through their investigation, agents determined that Sain acted as the middle man in the cocaine conspiracy that involved co-defendants, Ray Parham and Riondal Taylor.  During trial, it was revealed that Sain played an intricate role in aiding the drug trafficking organization by making connections for their supply of cocaine.  Throughout the conspiracy, Sain communicated with Parham and another individual with the goal of securing a purchase of 25 kilograms of cocaine. 

On February 21, 2020, Sain was found guilty by a jury following a trial in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Parham and Taylor pled guilty for their roles in the conspiracy on November 8, 2019.  Parham was sentenced by Judge Guirola on March 4, 2020 to serve 72 months in federal prison followed by 5 years supervised release.  Taylor will be sentenced by Judge Guirola on August 4, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shundral H. Cole and Kathlyn Van Buskirk.

Updated July 8, 2020

Drug Trafficking