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Names Released in Drug Bust

Jackson, Miss. – Approximately 40 individuals were arrested today pursuant to 10 federal indictments filed in the Southern District of Mississippi charging defendants from Lauderdale, Newton, Neshoba, Scott, and Jasper counties in Mississippi, as well as Mexico, California, Texas, and Alabama. The charges stem from a four-year federal investigation of multiple drug trafficking operations distributing methamphetamine, cocaine, and other illegal drugs.


The indictments charge various drug trafficking crimes, including, but not limited, to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to do so.  Several defendants face mandatory minimum sentences because of the significant quantities of illegal drugs involved, and some defendants face enhanced penalties for crimes involving methamphetamine where minors were present, or for drug trafficking near schools. Additionally, some defendants have been charged with firearms-related crimes or using a telephone to threaten injury or death to another by means of an explosive device.  

Meridian Arrest

  • Tavia Armstrong, 32, of Meridian

  • Fred Campbell, 49, of Meridian

  • Jacoby Clayton, 29, of Meridian

  • Mario Cole, 37, of Meridian

  • James Green, 52, of Meridian

  • Dakota Holt, 32, of Meridian

  • Edward House, 46, of Meridian

  • Jeffery Jennings, 40, of Meridian

  • Markee Jones, 44, of Meridian

  • Nathan Kendricks, 46, of Meridian

  • Kevin King, 41, of Meridian

  • Todrian Laphand, 30, of Meridian

  • John Little, 31, of Meridian

  • Darius Powell, 35, of Meridian

  • Marcus Powell, 38, of Meridian

  • Carlos Seals, 42, of  Meridian

  • Brandon Slaughter, 31, Meridian

  • Jacorie Smith, 27, of Meridian

  • Jacorie Smith, 27, of Meridian

  • Znthony Ruffin, 38, of Toomsuba


  •  Curtis Spivey, 39 of Philadelphia


  • Alyssia Boose, 32, of Newton

  • Jeffery Murrell, 54, of Newton

  • Billy Boose, 46, of Newton

  •  Dustin Jamal Russell, 33, of Newton


  •  Bobby Coleman, 35, of Union

  • Cassady Harris, 37, of Union

  • Crisseta Woods, 46, of Union

  • Christopher Evans, 47, of Union 

  •  Steven Savell, 48, of Union

Newton/Scott Counties

  • Tabbgrinn Graham, 33, of Decatur

  •  Nicholas Massey, 35, of Decatur

  • Lajason Jones, 43, of Decatur

  • James Johnson, 50, of Louin

  • George Collier, 46, of Pelahatchie

  •  Kenneth McCurdy, 43, of Forest

  •   Raykeitdgrith Ricks, 41, of Lawrence

Quitman, MS

  •  Johnny Patton, 42, of Quitman

Other States

  • Yvette Herring, 45, of Riverside, CA

  •  Cedric Jones, 52, of Houston, TX 

  •  Billy Wilson, 52, of Cuba, AL  

Additional defendants charged in the indictments have not yet been arrested.  


Initial court appearances are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judges F. Keith Ball and LaKeysha Greer Isaac in U.S. District Court in Jackson.


The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi, Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric DeLaune of Homeland Security Investigations, Acting Special Agent in Charge Steve Hofer of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Special Agent in Charge Joshua Jackson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and U.S. Marshal Mark Shepherd.


The cases are being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the East Mississippi Drug Task Force and Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Alabama 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, the Newton County Sheriff’s Department, and the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. 


The following agencies also assisted in the investigation: U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office, Philadelphia Police Department, Decatur Police Department, Union Police Department, Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Mississippi Commercial Truck Enforcement Division, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control,  and the Mississippi Department of Corrections.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Carla J. Clark is prosecuting the cases.  The Office of Enforcement Operations in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division also provided assistance. 


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.


An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



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