Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Conspiracy
Gulfport, Miss. – Deandrae Damonn Washington, 33, of Dallas, Texas, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
On August 20, 2017, Washington’s vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint in Magee, Mississippi. During the stop, officers smelled marijuana emitting from the vehicle, and Washington admitted to smoking marijuana an hour before being stopped. Upon consent being given to search the vehicle, officers located several packages of methamphetamine concealed in a backpack. Washington admitted to knowing the methamphetamine was in the vehicle and conspiring to transport it from Texas to Jackson County, Mississippi. He further admitted that he had previously transported methamphetamine on seven separate occasion to the Gulf Coast. A laboratory analyzed the methamphetamine and determined it had a purity level of 100% and weighed 1,964 grams. A Federal Grand Jury indicted Washington on September 19, 2017.
Washington will be sentenced on June 26, 2018, by Judge Ozerden, and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.
The case was investigated by the Magee Police Department, South Mississippi Metropolitan Enforcement Team, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.