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West Point man sentenced in drug trafficking case

A West Point man was sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 4, to 100 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Bobby Earl Brownlee, 44, of West Point, Mississippi, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. Brownlee was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Debra M. Brown to 100 months in prison.  He was further sentenced to three years of supervised release following his release from prison.

Court records show that Brownlee was involved in a drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine and distributing them throughout the Northern District of Mississippi. The investigation of this drug trafficking organization and its participants spanned over a year. Brownlee was indicted along with fourteen other individuals. 

“The U.S. Attorney’s office will continue to prioritize the prosecution of individuals who choose to illegally sell dangerous and unlawful drugs in our towns and communities,” said U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner. “We hope that this sentence will make other individuals think twice before they choose to seek quick profits from distributing illicit drugs.”

“Bobby Brownlee’s sentence is a victory for law enforcement and the people of Mississippi. Brownlee was a major player in a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for bringing dangerous drugs into our state,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Anessa Daniels-McCaw. “His conviction and sentence should send a clear message to other drug traffickers that they will be held accountable for their crimes. We will continue to work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics investigated the case as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program in partnership with state and local law enforcement. 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.  Multiple agencies assisted with the investigation including the U.S. Marshal’s Service, U.S. Postal Inspector’s Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Mississippi Highway Patrol, Starkville Police Department, Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly M. Hampton and Sam Stringfellow prosecuted the case.

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