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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Six Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

Jackson, Miss – Six individuals have been indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam of the DEA New Orleans Field Division. The indictment is the result of a two- year investigation by the federal Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) in this district.

Patrick Holiday, 38, of Jackson, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.

Antwaine Rhodes, 30, of Jackson, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine hydrochloride and more than 280 grams of cocaine base, three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, a/k/a "crack". If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Merwyn Bankston, 44, of Jackson, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine hydrochloride and more than 280 grams of cocaine base, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Quincy King, 40, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, a/k/a "crack". If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine per count.

Zaria Franco, 27, of Houston, Texas, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.

Jose Christian Nunez-Belemontes, 32, of Byram, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.

The case is scheduled for trial before U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan on November 8, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Bureau ofInvestigation,Customs and Border Patrol, DEA Houston Field Division, Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, Ridgeland Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Brandon Police Department, Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Pearl Police Department,and the Flowood Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jerry L. Rushing.

The public is reminded that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Updated September 22, 2016