10 arrested on federal drug trafficking charges in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Ten people have been arrested on federal drug trafficking charges in Mississippi. Authorities made the following arrests:

  • John Moore, 53, of Lawrence, MS, is charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.  He he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 fine. 
  • Michael Ledbetter, 41, of Lake, MS, is charged with two counts of conspiracy and four counts of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $10,000,000 fine. 
  • Danielle Ledbetter, 47, and Shameika Johnson, 29, both of Lake, MS, are each charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and each faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $10,000,000 fine. 
  • Nicholas Smith, 26, of Forest, MS, and John Purvis, Jr., 51, of Morton, MS, are each charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. They each face a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment and a $5,000,000 fine.
  • Malinda Pope, 42, of Forest, MS, is charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Pope faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $10,000,000 fine.
  • Lorenzo Sutton, 41, of Jackson, MS, is charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sutton faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $10,000,000 fine.
  • Jermaine Gray, 39, of Forest, MS, is charged with one count of using a telephone in causing and facilitating a drug crime.  Gray faces a maximum sentence of four years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
  • Erica Rhodes, 32, currently in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.  Rhodes faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $10,000,000 fine.

John Moore, Michael Ledbetter, Danielle Ledbetter, Shameika Johnson, Nicholas Smith, John Purvis, Jr., and Malinda Pope are scheduled to appear in court on Monday, April 19, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. for arraignment.

Lorenzo Sutton and Jermaine Gray are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. for arraignment. The arraignment date for Erica Rhodes has not been set.

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