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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Two Jackson Residents Face Federal Drug Charges

 

Jackson, Miss – Rodney Nelson a/k/a Rodney Davis, 38, of Jackson, and Bennie Evans, 32, of Jackson, have been charged in a federal indictment with certain controlled substances violations, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux of the DEA Jackson District Office. The indictment is the result of a two-year investigation by the federal Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) in this district.

Rodney Nelson is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride cocaine base, a/k/a "crack", two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, four counts of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, a/k/a "crack", one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute PCP, and one count of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 305 years in prison and over $30 million in fines.

Bennie Evans is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute PCP, and one count of possession with intent to distribute PCP. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $2 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 of Investigation, 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, Bureau of Customs and Border Patrol, and the DEA Houston Field Division. 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