October 27, 2023

Texas man pleads guilty to federal drug charges Thursday

Therese Apel

A Hutto, Texas man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

According to court documents, Donald Lamont Griffin, 44, was stopped for a traffic violation on November 7, 2022, on Highway I-10, in Harrison County.  The Harrison County Deputy who initiated the stop requested assistance from a police K9.  The K9 conducted a sniff of Griffin’s vehicle and alerted.  A subsequent search yielded 22 kilograms of cocaine from the vehicle.

Griffin will be sentenced on February 7, 2024, and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison as to each count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose is prosecuting the case.

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