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Columbia man sentenced to 25 years for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine

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A Columbia man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

On Thursday, 37-year-old Alfredric James was sentenced to serve 300 months at the U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg.

According to court documents and trial testimony, James retrieved a pound of pure methamphetamine hidden by two of his conspirators in a barbecue grill at a residence in Hattiesburg on December 9, 2020. After being alerted to the transaction, agents attempted to stop James’ vehicle. James then fled the scene but was apprehended with the methamphetamine after a short pursuit.

James was responsible for distributing over eight kilograms of methamphetamine to the Hattiesburg area in a two-month period in the fall of 2020. He was then charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed “Don’t Tell On Me Bro,” which began as an operation targeting illegal drug trafficking in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi area. “Don’t Tell On Me Bro” 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.

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