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Meridian Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

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

Jackson, Miss. - A Meridian man was sentenced today to three years and one month in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to court documents, James Arther Williams, 71, was found in possession of crack cocaine, which he intended to sell, in his residence by officers of the Meridian Police Department on August 28, 2019, during the execution of a search warrant.

The Meridian Police Department and the FBI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Kirkham prosecuted the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated November 9, 2022

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