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Pelahatchie man sentenced to more than 6 years for trafficking heroin

John "Mo Money" Moore
Photo courtesy of the Madison County Detention Center

A Pelahatchie man has been sentenced to 78 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

According to court documents, John “Mo Money” Moore, 55, possessed heroin with the intent to distribute it on four separate occasions in 2017 and 2018.

A joint federal and state investigation resulted in the conviction of Moore in connection with the distribution of large amounts of heroin over several months. Moore supplied heroin to Erica Rhodes of Forest.

Rhodes distributed and sold the heroin on multiple occasions in Pelahatchie and in the Jackson metropolitan area.

In January 2023, a jury convicted Moore after a trial in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Rhodes was convicted in Rankin County Circuit Court and received a 15-year sentence for her role in the drug trafficking operation.

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.

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