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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 18, 2021

Two Sentenced on Drug Trafficking Charges

Jackson, Miss. – Two Jackson men were sentenced to prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of  Investigation in Mississippi.

Anthony Anderson, 42, and Kenyarder Bell, 40, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Anderson was sentenced to 78 months in prison, and Bell was sentenced to 188 months in prison.

On July 8, 2018, Anderson, aided and abetted by Bell, sold methamphetamine to an individual.  The drugs were analyzed by the Drug Enforcement Administration Laboratory and confirmed to be 26.7 grams of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride with 95% purity.

The defendants pled guilty on June 24, 2021 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  

This case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed “Fire and Ice,” which targeted illegal methamphetamine distribution in central Mississippi.

This Operation 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Jackson Police Department, the Madison Police Department, the Ridgeland Police Department, and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Chris Wansley and Keesha Middleton.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated October 18, 2021