June 28, 2023

Picayune Man Sentenced To 11 Years After Investigation Into Large-Scale Drug Trafficking Organization

Morgan Howard

A Picayune man was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

39-year-old Eric Renard Scott was sentenced 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 2018, Eric Renard Scott and two others were identified as being part of the conspiracy.  Federal agents used a confidential source to begin making purchases of meth. On October 24, 2018, a DEA confidential source purchased 27.9g of actual meth at 99% purity from Eric Renard Scott and two of his co-conspirators in Picayune.

Scott was charged in a federal criminal indictment on September 7, 2022 and he pled guilty on February 13, 2023 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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

The case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. 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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