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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Mississippi

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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2012

Gregory K. Davis, United States Attorney

Contact: Sheila Wilbanks
(601) 965-4480
sheila.wilbanks@usdoj.gov

Fifteen Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

Jackson, Miss – Fifteen individuals have been indicted on federal drug charges following an extensive investigation dubbed "Operation Brusha" targeting illegal narcotics distribution in Scott County, Mississippi, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, ATF Special Agent in Charge Phillip Durham, Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, and Director Marshall Fisher with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Fourteen defendants were arrested on Wednesday, November 15, by a multi-agency team who also seized multiple firearms and ammunition, a small amount of narcotics, and two bank accounts.

Herbert Jerome Townsend a/k/a Smurf, a/k/a Papa Smurf, 31, of Forest, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. If convicted, Townsend faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $64 million fine.

Scottland Stewart, 28, of Lake, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Stewart will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 29, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. If convicted, Stewart faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $47 million fine.

Arthur Wayne Townsend, 56, of Forest, Mississippi is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Townsend will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. If convicted, Townsend faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $14 million fine.

Shamal Anton Moss, 32, of Lake, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Moss will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 29, 2012. If convicted, Moss faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10.25 million fine.

Tammie T. Lay a/k/a Tammie Townsend, 36, of Forest, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Lay will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. If convicted, Lay faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $20 million fine.

Sandra Renee Johnson a/k/a Dump 41, of Lake, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Johnson will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012. If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and an $11 million fine.

Willie Carlos Johnson a/k/a Carlos, 25, of Forest, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Johnson will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012. If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $17 million fine.

Charles Dewayne Loper, 35, of Forest, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Loper will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012. If convicted, Loper faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $20 million fine.

Marlon Faber, 38, of Los Angeles, California, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Faber will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 28, 2012. If convicted, Loper faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $30 million fine.

Nagsascus Terell Culpepper 31, of Forest, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.* If convicted, Culpepper faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $12 million fine.

George Johnson, 23, of Lake, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Johnson will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012. If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penaltly of life in prison and a $12 million fine.

Fredrick B. Stowers, 56, of Forest, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Stowers will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012. If convicted, Stowers faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Michael Dewayne Hunt a/k/a Bird, 39, of Lake, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five (5) grams of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Hunt will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012. If convicted, Hunt faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $17 million fine.

John D. Anderson, 48, of Lake, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five (5) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Anderson will appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012. If convicted, Anderson faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Kenny Rogers Waits, 30, of Lake, Mississippi, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five (5) grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Waits will appear for an arraignment before United States Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on November 16, 2012. If convicted, Waits faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and up to a $6 million fine.

Coordinated law enforcement takedowns of this nature are a crucial component to effectively address violent crime and narcotics trafficking in our communities, said U.S. Attorney Davis.

This case demonstrates that violent drug operations are found in small towns as well as major cities, said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of HSI New Orleans, which oversees a five-state region including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. No matter where criminal enterprises seek to hide, HSI and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners will continue to target and prosecute drug traffickers to keep our communities safe for law-abiding citizens everywhere.

Phillip Durham, ATF Special Agent in Charge, said, ATF‘s primary goal is to work along side our other law enforcement partners to reduce violent crimes committed with firearms. This joint effort clearly illustrates our commitment of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to making our communities safer.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Assisting agencies include the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Forest Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff's Department, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

*Nagsascus Terell Culpepper has not been arrested. Anyone with information on his whereabouts please contact your local police department.