December 20, 2022

Bay St Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

Therese Apel

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A Bay St Louis man has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, officials said.

Joseph Henry, 45, pled guilty on December 15, 2022, in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to court records, On December 2, 2021, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputies served an outstanding warrant on Henry at his residence in Bay St Louis. While serving the warrant, deputies observed two digital scales in plain view along with a strong odor of marijuana inside the residence. During a subsequent search of the residence, narcotics agents over one pound of marijuana, 848 dosage units of MDMA, and 312 dosage units of counterfeit Oxycodone which later was tested at the lab and found to be 41.77grams of Fentanyl.

Henry will be sentenced on March 16, 2023. He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose.

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