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Department of Justice
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Southern District of Mississippi

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Three Jackson Men and Honduran Man Plead Guilty to Meth Conspiracy

One Defendant Involved in Conspiracy from Behind Bars at Federal Prison in Yazoo

 

Jackson, Miss. – Three Jackson men and a Honduran man entered guilty pleas this week before U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour, Jr., to drug conspiracy charges, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge J. Derryle Smith.

Allen Sims, 41, of Jackson, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a detectable amount of methamphetamine and 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. From November 2015 to February 2016, Sims arranged the purchase and delivery of more than 30 kilograms of methamphetamine from a source of supply in Mexico.

Vincent Taylor McGee, 30, of Jackson, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a detectable amount of methamphetamine. In November 2015, McGee picked up 1 kilogram of a detectable amount of methamphetamine from a Mexican source of supply in Atlanta and delivered it to a co-conspirator in Jackson.

Keith Mullen, 46, of Jackson, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. From November 2015 to February 2016, and while in federal prison at Yazoo City, Mississippi, Mullen assisted co-conspirators in arranging the purchase and delivery of 30 kilograms of methamphetamine from a source of supply in Mexico. The drugs were intended for distribution in Central Mississippi.

Jose Pacheco, 41, from Honduras, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a detectable amount of methamphetamine. In November 2015, Pacheco assisted co-conspirators in arranging the purchase and delivery of 1 kilogram of methamphetamine from a source of supply in Mexico.

This case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed "Rock Bottom" which began as an operation targeting illegal narcotics distribution in Central Mississippi involving the distribution of cocaine, crack and methamphetamine.

The defendants will be sentenced by Judge Barbour on September 11, 2018, beginning at 9:30 a.m. They each face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

The 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, FBI, 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, Flowood Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the DEA - Houston Field Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wansley.

Updated June 15, 2018