May 2, 2023

Jackson man gets 10 years in federal prison on drug distribution charge

Therese Apel

A Jackson man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

According to court documents, Mario Butler, 42, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 26, 2021, for two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Butler was also charged in a third count with possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Butler subsequently pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The case is the result of an extensive Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation, “Hailstorm,” which began as an operation targeting illegal methamphetamine distribution in central Mississippi. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Jackson Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Keesha Middleton prosecuted the case.

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