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Pascagoula Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Tyron Jerrod Nelson, 35, of Pascagoula, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 128 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Bradford L. Byerley. The defendant was also ordered to pay a $7,500 fine.

On March 2, 2016, DEA agents executed a criminal search warrant at Nelson’s home, with Nelson present, wherein DEA agents seized 902 grams of Methamphetamine (ICE), 27 grams of Cocaine, MDMA, and approximately 117 pounds of Marijuana.

Further investigation revealed that, in March 2017, Nelson had traveled to Houston, Texas and purchased a kilogram of methamphetamine. Nelson brought the methamphetamine back to Pascagoula, Mississippi, for further distribution. The individual who sold the methamphetamine to Nelson in Texas was ultimately prosecuted in the Southern District of Mississippi and he corroborated the information uncovered during the investigation. Further investigation revealed that Nelson had also sold multiple kilograms of methamphetamine in December 2017 in both Gulfport, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

DEA agents arrested Nelson in Gulfport, and during the execution of a search warrant at the residence where Nelson was located, DEA agents seized over $160,000.00 hidden in the attic. Nelson admitted to parts of the bulk currency being comprised of funds derived from the illicit sale of narcotics.

The case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.

Updated August 2, 2019

Drug Trafficking