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Picayune Man Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

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


Gulfport, Miss – Dennis Earl Smith, 49, of Picayune, Mississippi, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 72 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine, 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.

Smith pled guilty on January 11, 2018, to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was part of a five-person indictment against a group of individuals who were distributing methamphetamine in the Picayune area. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement purchased two ounces of pure methamphetamine from Smith.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.

Updated April 19, 2018