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Gulf Coast men indicted on drug trafficking charges

Two men on the Gulf Coast have been charged for the distribution of cocaine over a nine-year period.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst along with DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Derryle Smith and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze announced the indictment of 46-year-old Keith Lavell Brown and 35-year-old Jaycie Mario Thomas.

Brown, of Moss Point, and Thomas, of Ocean Springs, have both been indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. In addition to the conspiracy charges, Brown faces two counts for the possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The indictment alleges that beginning in 2009 until March 20, 2018, the defendants conspired with each other and others to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine (11+ pounds) in South Mississippi.

If convicted, the defendants could face life in prison and fines of up to $10,000,000.

While the indictment has been handed down, this case is still being investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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