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Utica Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Jackson, Miss. – A Utica man was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

According to court records, on August 12, 2020, Dennis Mitchell, 40, sold 208 grams of methamphetamine to an individual. 

Mitchell pled guilty on October 29, 2021, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

The case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed “Operation Hailstorm” targeting illegal drug trafficking in the Jackson area.  The 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, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Jackson Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Keesha Middleton.


Updated March 1, 2022

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