September 6, 2023

Picayune Man Sentenced to Over 18 Years for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

Morgan Howard

A Picayune man was sentenced to 222 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

39-year-old Joshua Smith 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, Joshua Smith and another co-defendant were identified as being part of the conspiracy.  Federal agents used a confidential source to begin making purchases of methamphetamine.  On November 2, 2018, a DEA confidential source purchased 27.4g of actual methamphetamine at 99% purity from Joshua Smith in Picayune, Mississippi.

Smith was indicted on September 7, 2022, and pled guilty on April 5, 2023, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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

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