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Sentencing for federal methamphetamine charges

Credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Mississippi news release

A Jackson man has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Sedric Armstrong a/k/a Black Sed, age 48, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

According to court documents, on July 6, 2020, a confidential source made prior arrangements with Armstrong for the purchase of a pound of methamphetamine.  Armstrong directed the confidential source to pick up the methamphetamine from co-defendant James Lee Simmons.  The confidential source met with and provided Simmons with $3,000 in exchange for the methamphetamine. 

The case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed “Hailstorm,” which began as an operation targeting illegal drug trafficking in the Jackson, Mississippi area. “Hailstorm” is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. 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.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department.

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