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Case Number: 3:21-cr-00008-DPJ-FKB
Judge: Daniel P. Jordan, III
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Hinds County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi
Description: Jackson, Mississippi criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, also referred to as “crack."
Kenneth Lofton, 44, and his co-defendants negotiated and conducted the sale of cocaine base in the Jackson area in January 2020. Surveillance, confidential source information and additional intercepted communications also revealed that Lofton and his co-defendants distributed various quantities of other controlled substances, including cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
In addition to his prison sentence, Lofton was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.
Lofton pled guilty on June 22, 2021, in U.S. District Court in Jackson.
The case is the result of an extensive investigation, dubbed “Hailstorm,” which began as an operation targeting illegal drug trafficking in the Jackson, Mississippi area. “Hailstorm” is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Jackson Police Department and the Ridgeland Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Keesha Middleton.
Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute a Detectable Amount of Cocaine
Outcome: Defendant is sentenced to 175 months in the BOP to be followed by a 3-year term of supervised release. Defendant is ordered to pay a partial fine in the amount of $1,500.00 and a special assessment fee in the amount of $100.00