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Jackson, Miss. – Lowery Sanders, 54, of Moss Point, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to 192 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Sanders was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.
On June 12, 2018, the Biloxi Police Department Special Crimes Unit received information that Sanders would be conducting narcotic activity at a local hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. On June 13, 2018, DEA learned that Sanders would be traveling to Jackson, Mississippi, to purchase three ounces of methamphetamine for $1,300.00. Through their investigation, agents confirmed that Sanders did in fact pick up the methamphetamine in Jackson.
On June 13, 2018, investigators with the Biloxi Police Department observed Sanders exit his vehicle and enter a Biloxi hotel. Shortly thereafter, they made contact with Sanders and advised him of the complaint received regarding narcotics activity and requested and received verbal consent to search Sanders’ room. While searching the room, investigators discovered approximately three ounces of methamphetamine along with other drugs. The methamphetamine was tested and confirmed to be 72 grams net weight. Sanders was indicted on February 6, 2019, and pled guilty before Judge Wingate on July 24, 2019.
The case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed “Drama Queen” targeting illegal methamphetamine distribution in central Mississippi. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshals Service, Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department, Pearl Police Department, Biloxi Police Department and the Richland Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wansley.