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Booneville man sentenced to 15 years for trafficking meth

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A Booneville man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

34-year-old Justin Williams pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Williams was involved in a drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting large quantities of methamphetamine from Texas and distributing it throughout the Northern District of Mississippi.

He arranged to have the controlled substances shipped through commercial package delivery services into the Mississippi, where he would then distribute the substances throughout the state’s Northern District.

The investigation of this drug trafficking organization and its participants spanned more than a year. Williams was indicted along with 16 other individuals.

Williams was sentenced to 180 months in prison and a received $10,000 fine. He was further sentenced to five years of supervised release following his release. In addition, the court ordered Williams to forfeit more than $100,000 and various jewelry items that were identified as drug proceeds.

“Justin Williams’s sentencing sends a clear message that drug trafficking will not be tolerated in the Northern District of Mississippi,” Bradford L. Byerley, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA, stated.Methamphetamine is an addictive drug with devastating consequences for individuals and families. We will continue to work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those who are responsible for bringing dangerous drugs into our communities.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics investigated the case as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation.

Agencies assisting with the investigation included the United States Marshal’s Service, the United States Postal Inspector’s Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly M. Hampton, Feleica L. Wilson, and Sam Wright prosecuted the case.

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