February 20, 2024

Wiggins Man Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

Morgan Howard

A Wiggins man was sentenced to 237 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 20 fentanyl pills.

According to court documents, 31-year-old Riley Alexander Wallace sold 20 fentanyl pills to an individual in Stone County on August 9, 2022.  Wallace was indicted by a federal grand jury and pled guilty on October 27, 2023, to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.  The DEA reports that two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal, and one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Eric DeLaune of Homeland Security Investigations made the announcement.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose prosecuted the case.

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