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Drug Trial Underway in South Mississippi Federal Court

GULFPORT, Miss. – Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of three Jefferson Davis County man facing a number of federal drug charges.

Kentorre Hall, Roger Jones and Martel Barnes are accused of being a part of a drug trafficking organization, called Cedar Grove, which operated in Jefferson Davis, Covington and Forrest Counties.  Prosecutors say Cedar Grove is also suspected of doing business in Lamar County and other parts of central Mississippi.

At least four government witnesses testified Tuesday they had met the trio in various locations to buy drugs.  Two of them claim that even though Hall is a quadriplegic, he used his bottom lip to pass along information via Facebook and text messages. And one of the witnesses told jurors she saw a collection of firearms, including AK-47s, pistols and a rifle at the men’s Cedar Grove home.

The government called its sixth witnesses to the stand Wednesday, and said it had about 14 others who could testify about how the drug organization worked.

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