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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Moss Point Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Possession of Cocaine

 

Gulfport, Miss. – Derrick D’Angelo Edwards, 41, of Moss Point, Mississippi, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 60 months in federal prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze. Edwards was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

On September 14, 2017, Edwards was stopped by an agent with the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team (SMMET) for a traffic violation. As the agent and a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy approached Edward’s vehicle, the deputy observed an object being thrown from the passenger’s side window. Edwards was the only person in the vehicle. The agent was able to determine that Edwards tossed two "bricks" of cocaine that weighed 1,985 grams. Upon searching the vehicle, they also located $19,029.00. Edwards pled guilty on January 11, 2018.

The case was investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the SMMET, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn Van Buskirk.

Updated April 25, 2018