August 31, 2023

Nicholson Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison After Large Scale Drug Trafficking Organization Uncovered

Morgan Howard

 A Nicholson, Mississippi man was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

35-year-old Eric Andrew Slaydon was sentenced on August 30 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

According to court records, in 2015, an investigation began into a large-scale drug trafficking organization located largely in Picayune, MS (Pearl River County).  In 2019, Eric Andrew Slaydon and Damon Stafford were identified as being part of the conspiracy.  Federal agents used a confidential source to begin making purchases of methamphetamine and heroin.  On June 5, 2019, a DEA confidential source purchased heroin from Eric Andrew Slaydon and Damon Andrew Stafford at Stafford’s residence in Picayune, Mississippi.

Slaydon and Stafford were indicted by a federal grand jury on September 7, 2022.  Both defendants pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin.  Stafford will be sentenced later this year.

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

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