Multiple being held without bond in federal drug trafficking case

Four people are being held without bond pending trial following their arrests for drug trafficking.

Posted: Sep 7, 2018 3:50 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Press Release) - Four people are being held without bond pending trial following their arrests for drug trafficking.

The four were among nine people arrested and 15 charged for conspiracy to distribute heroin, meth, cocaine and crack cocaine.

The arrests were made as part of a multi-agency effort including Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals.

All nine defendants arrested are facing federal drug trafficking charges.

  1. Richard Smith, a.k.a.”Che,” age 36, of Cordova
  2. Mardrequs McKinney, a.k.a. “Dreek,” age 26, of Byhalia
  3. Cornelius McKinney, a.k.a. “Fruit,” age 36, of Memphis
  4. Alvin Rhyan, age 39, of Holly Springs
  5. Tynisha Dennis, age 27, of Memphis
  6. Jerrod Kinkle, age 31;
  7. Herbert Luellen, age 62;
  8. Charles Ratliff, age 61, of Corinth
  9. Samuel Nathan Clark, age 43

United States Magistrate Judge Roy Percy ordered that Richard Smith, Mardrequs McKinney, Cornelius McKinney and Alvin Rhyan should all be held pending their trials without bond after a hearing in federal court on Friday morning. Judge Percy ordered the detention of the defendants after finding that each of the four defendants presented a danger to the community.

U.S. Attorney Lamar stated: “This was truly a collaborative effort between federal, state and local law enforcement officers. This is another of many operations we are conducting in our district. Under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Taskforce and Project Safe Neighborhoods, these operations are targeted toward removing violent offenders from our communities. Working together, we will make and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

This case is being prosecuted for the United States by AUSA Scott Leary and AUSA Chad Doleac.

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