FBI Arrest Alleged Drug Trafficker in Moss Point
On May 31, 2007, Trenice L. Johnson, aka "Trent", age 32, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, was arrested in Moss Point, Mississippi. Johnson was arrested for Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine, pursuant to a federal warrant issued in United States District Court, Southern District of Mississippi. At the time of Johnson's arrest, Agents seized a .45 caliber pistol, a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Truck and $1,693.00 in U.S. currency. This arrest is the result of a 2-year investigation involving a large scale drug trafficking organization operating along the Gulf Coast.
If Johnson is convicted of the Possession With Intent to Distribute charges against him, he could face a penalty of up to 40 years in a federal prison and $4,000,000.00 in fines.
Johnson had an initial appearance before United States Senior Magistrate Judge John M. Roper, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Gulfport, Mississippi, on June 1, 2007. Judge Roper ordered Johnson held without bond pending a detention hearing on June 5, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.
Frederick T. Brink, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi, praised the officers and agents of the law enforcement agencies which cooperated in the investigation and arrest of Johnson. "Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force of Pascagoula, Mississippi contributed to and participated in the successful apprehension of Johnson, an alleged drug trafficker. "
The FBI Safe Streets Task Force is a Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative and receives funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington, D.C. It is made up of Special Agents from the FBI and law enforcement officers from the Pascagoula, Moss Point, Gautier, and Ocean Springs Police Departments, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Brink stressed that an arrest is an accusation only and there is a presumption of innocence prior to any judicial proceeding.