5 South Mississippi Men Arrested on Federal Drug Charges
 
From:  News Release   6/16/17   GCN
 
Five members of a Pearl River County drug-trafficking organization, some with alleged gang memberships, had initial appearances Wednesday, June 14 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Their arrests Tuesday, June 13 came after a two-year multi-agency drug investigation, said Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy.

Picayune residents Patrick Johns, a/k/a Puppy, 44; Paul Simmons Jr., a/k/a Soulja P, 32; Antonio Irwin, 28; Timothy Jackson, 41; and Dennis Smith, 48, were arrested on federal warrants stemming from their having been indicted by a federal grand jury, Director Dowdy said.

The suspects have been indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute as well as conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Among the drugs included in the charges, Director Dowdy said, are methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

Investigating agencies include the MBN, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DEA, ATF, Pearl River County Sheriff Department and Picayune Police Department.