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Pelahatchie man faces possible life sentence in prison for trafficking heroin

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A federal jury has convicted a Pelahatchie man for trafficking heroin in Rankin and Hinds counties during 2017 and 2018.

Court documents and evidence presented at trial show that 55-year-old John Moore, also known as “Mo Money,” conspired with and supplied heroin to Erica Rhodes of Forest. Rhodes distributed and sold the heroin on multiple occasions in Pelahatchie and in the Jackson metropolitan area.

Moore is scheduled to be sentenced on April 18 at 9:00 a.m. and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Rhodes was convicted in Rankin County Circuit Court in 2019, receiving a 15-year jail sentence for her role in the drug trafficking operation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carla J. Clark and Charles W. Kirkham prosecuted the case.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. 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.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Rankin County District Attorney’s Office, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the Ridgeland Police Department, the Pearl Police Department, the Flowood Police Department, the National Guard Counter Drug Unit, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jackson Police Department worked in collaboration on this case.

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