October 27, 2023

Man and woman sentenced to federal prison on drug charges

Therese Apel

A Terry man was sentenced to seven  years and nine months in federal prison and a Jackson woman was sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a substance containing fentanyl.

Tyunna Lamar Jordan, 32, of Terry and Mercedes Shykeria Mitchell, 27, of Jackson, were sentenced on October 26, 2023, in U.S. District Court.

According to court documents, Jordan and Mitchell conspired with others to distribute “M 30” tablets which contained fentanyl.

Beginning in April 2022, Jordan recruited Mitchell to participate in his distribution of the tablets. In May 2022, Mitchell traveled to the UAC Packing & Shipping store in Byram, Mississippi, to assist Jordan in returning M 30 tablets to Jordan’s source of supply.  The parcel was intercepted by agents and determined to have a fictitious recipient name.  Further investigation revealed the package contained over 2500 small blue tablets marked “M 30.”  The tablets were sent to the DEA Laboratory for analysis which determined the tablets contained fentanyl.

Jordan and Mitchell were indicted by a federal grand jury on December 6, 2022. Both defendants subsequently pled guilty to the conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee and acting Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley of the Drug Enforcement Administration made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Keesha Middleton.

This case is the result of an extensive investigation targeting illegal drug trafficking in Hinds County and surrounding areas.  The case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. 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.

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