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Wilkinson County man sentenced to 14 years for distributing meth, cocaine

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A Woodville native has been sentenced to 168 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine and crack cocaine in the Natchez area.

On Wednesday, 51-year-old Sammy Davis Wright was indicted by a grand jury for participation in an interstate drug trafficking operation through the distribution of illegal drugs from 2016 through 2018.

Wright was charged with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, Wright’s prison sentence includes 108 months in prison for his drug crimes, to be followed by a separate 5-year sentence for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. His sentence also includes a penalty for being an organizer or leader of criminal activity and a penalty for maintaining premises for the purpose of drug distribution.

Court records reflect that Wright has prior convictions in Wilkinson County Circuit Court in 2001 and 2002 for the sale of controlled substances.

Additional conspirators in the drug distribution investigation include Kevin Singleton, of Natchez, Wesley Bell, of Natchez, Jimmie Lee Swearengen, Jr., of Mesquite, TX, Gregory Woodard, of Crosby, Roy Goodrich, of Baton Rouge, LA, Jerry Lee White, Jr., of Gloster, and Denonta Thadison, of McComb.

At this time, Singleton, Woodard, Goodrich, White, and Thadison have already been sentenced for their crimes.

In September 2021, Kevin Singleton received a 35-year prison sentence for being the head of the interstate drug trafficking organization.

Woodard, Goodrich, and White received smaller prison sentences in 2020 ranging between 2½ and 3 years for their minimal involvement in the drug trafficking operation. Thadison was sentenced on Tuesday to 87 months in prison for cocaine distribution in the Natchez area.

Swearengen was separately sentenced on Wednesday for his participation in drug trafficking operations in the Natchez area. Bell is currently awaiting sentencing.

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