Feds Arrest Seven Associated with Drug Trafficking in
Mississippi and Illinois
From: News Release
JACKSON, MISS. – Seven people have been arrested on federal
drug charges, six in Pike and Lincoln counties in Mississippi and one in
In the early morning hours of March 8, 2017, federal, state and local
law enforcement arrested the following suspects in Lincoln and Pike
Jerrel Holloway, 36, of Lincoln County.
Rodrigues Lewis, 35, of Pike County.
Shawanda V. Matthews, 30, of Pike County.
Cardell Reed, 30, of Pike County.
Veronica Denise Thomas, 37, of Pike County.
Wayne Thompson, 33, of Pike County.
in the FBI Chicago Division’s Rockford Resident Agency also arrested one
Cheko Montgomery, 48, of Belvidere, Ill.
and Thompson are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to
distribute cocaine. Holloway, Matthews, Montgomery, Reed and Thomas are
charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute
The suspects arrested in Mississippi appeared before United States
Magistrate Judge Linda Anderson today at 9:30 a.m. in the United States
District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in Jackson. All
were ordered held without bond until a detention hearing next week.
These arrests are the result of a more than two-year joint investigation
into narcotics trafficking in south Mississippi by the FBI Safe Streets
Task Force in Hattiesburg; the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics’ McComb
District; the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation; Office of the
Mississippi State Auditor; Marion County Sheriff’s Office; Lincoln
County Sheriff’s Office and Hattiesburg Police Department. The U.S.
Marshals Service; Mississippi Department of Corrections; Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; McComb Police Department
and Southwest Mississippi Narcotics Task Force assisted with the
The FBI Jackson Division’s Southeast Mississippi Safe Streets Task Force
in Hattiesburg is made up of special agents from the FBI and law
enforcement officers from the Office of the Mississippi State Auditor,
Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Hattiesburg Police Department.
These charges are merely an accusation, and all subjects are presumed
innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of