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Texas Man Sentenced to Nearly 6 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Hattiesburg, Miss. – A Texas man was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley of the Drug Enforcement Administration.   

According to court documents, in July of 2021, Mark Anthony Arellano, 40, of Falfurrias, Texas, conspired with another individual to distribute 5 kilograms of methamphetamine to a confidential source in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  The investigation revealed that Arellano had also been involved in smuggling drugs in the Corpus Christi, Texas area.  Arellano was indicted by a federal grand jury and pled guilty on May 18, 2022.

In addition to the prison sentence, Arellano was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

The case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed “Don’t Tell On Me Bro,” which began as an operation targeting illegal drug trafficking in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi area. “Don’t Tell On Me Bro” is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Hattiesburg Police Department, Forrest County Sheriff’s, and Columbia Police Department.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Keesha Middleton.

Updated August 31, 2022

Drug Trafficking