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Starkville man sentenced to 20 years for distributing drugs, money laundering

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A Starkville man has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering.

44-year-old Terrance Chandler pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to one count of each charge on Wednesday.

According to court documents, Chandler was involved in a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing large quantities of marijuana and methamphetamine from Texas to northern and southern Mississippi.

The investigation of this drug trafficking organization and its participants spanned over a year. Chandler was indicted along with fourteen other individuals.

“The U.S. Attorney’s office will continue to prioritize the prosecution of individuals who choose to illegally sell dangerous and unlawful drugs in our towns and communities,” U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner said. “We hope that today’s sentence will make other individuals think twice before they choose to seek quick profits from distributing illicit drugs.”

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Debra Brown sentenced Chandler to serve 240 months followed by three years of supervised release for both counts.

“Terrance Chandler’s sentence is a victory for law enforcement and the people of Mississippi. Chandler was a major player in a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for bringing dangerous drugs into our state,” Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge Anessa Daniels-McCaw said. “His conviction and sentence should send a clear message to other drug traffickers that they will be held accountable for their crimes.”

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