Mississippi man gets 13 years in drug trafficking case

A Mississippi man has been sentenced to around 13 years in federal prison for trafficking drugs for years near the Louisiana border.

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 9:30 AM

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to around 13 years in federal prison for trafficking drugs for years near the Louisiana border.

News outlets report 46-year-old Patrick "Puppy" Johns, of Picayune, also was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release following his time in prison. Johns pleaded guilty in January to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. A U.S. Department of Justice release says Johns sold meth and cocaine twice to undercover agents.

Johns is one of five men arrested in 2017 for distributing cocaine and methamphetamine just north of New Orleans. Co-defendants 28-year-old Antonio Irwin, 42-year-old Timothy Jackson and 33-year-old Paul "Soulja P" Simmons Jr. were sentenced in March to years in prison on similar charges. Fifty-year-old Dennis Smith was sentenced in April to six years.

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