35 year-old Troy Graham, of Louisiana, was sentenced to 19 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.
Beginning in January 2017, Graham impersonated a federal agent and demanded drugs and money from a Kiln, Mississippi, marijuana dealer by threatening the dealer with false arrest warrants and imprisonment. Graham required the Kiln victim deliver money, marijuana, guns and other items as “forfeiture” to New Orleans to avoid arrest.
Graham also forced the local dealer into contacting his source of supply in California and obtained $72,000 of marijuana. When the California dealer arrived in Hancock County to collect his money, Graham held the dealer at gunpoint demanding money and to know his source of supply.
The extortion and robberies were reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), who set up a sting operation. While Graham pressed the local dealer for more sources and what he called “forfeiture,” ATF posed as a marijuana source from Colorado. They arrested Graham in a D’Iberville parking lot when he showed up with a loaded gun to rob the alleged Colorado dealer.
On March 16th, 2018, Graham entered guilty pleas to extortion, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.