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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
For Immediate Release
Duane A. Evans, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-edla
Monday, May 13, 2024

Mississippi Man Indicted for Federal Gun and Drug Charges

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JARVIS WILSON (WILSON), age 39, a resident of Jackson, Mississippi was charged on May 9, 2024 by a federal grand jury in a six-count indictment announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Counts 1 and 2 charges him with distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A). Count 3 charges him with 50 grams or more of distribution of methamphetamine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B). Count 4 charges him with being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(8). Count 5 charges him with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(i). Count 6 charges him with maintaining a drug involved premises, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 856(a)(1).

If convicted, WILSON faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life of imprisonment, up to a $10,000,000 fine, and at least 5 years of supervised release for Counts 1 and 2, a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to 40 years of imprisonment, up to a $5,000,000 fine, and at least 4 years of supervised release for Count 3, up to 15 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release for Count 4, a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 5 years of supervised release for Count 5, and up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $500,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release for Count 6. WILSON also faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee as to all 6 counts.

According to court documents, on March 26, 2024, April 8, 2024, and May 2, 2024, WILSON knowingly and intentionally sold methamphetamine and maintained a drug involved premise to for the purpose of distributing the methamphetamine. WILSON was also a felon in possession of a Ruger Model LCR, .22 caliber revolver and Smith and Wesson Model 1000 Super, 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition in the furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Troy Bell of the Violent Crime Unit.

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