Newton County residents sentenced in drug, money laundering case

Newton County residents sentenced in drug, money laundering case
Newton County residents sentenced in drug, money laundering case

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) Four people from Union and Decatur were sentenced this week in connection with a case that involved laundering drug money.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jackson says all were relatives of convicted drug dealer Marvin Rocedreck Brown, 42.

Corina LeAnn Cornell, 39, of Union, Crystylin D. Patrick, 42, of Union, Linda Kay Parker, 57, of Decatur, and Sandra Denise Brown, 52, of Decatur, were indicted Apr. 21, 2015, with Brown in a 21-count criminal indictment on charges of conspiracy, laundering drug proceeds in financial transactions involving the purchase of several real properties and personal properties, and multiple counts of causing Forms 8300 to not be filed with the Internal Revenue Service for cash transactions exceeding $10,000. All four pleaded guilty Mar. 28, 2016.

Brown also pleaded guilty Mar. 28, 2016, to conspiracy to launder drug proceeds and will be sentenced July 12, 2016. He will also be sentenced July 11 after being found guilty by a jury in December 2015 on three counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Cornell and Patrick pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder drug proceeds. Cornell was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $1500 fine. Patrick was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

Parker and Sandra Denise Brown pleaded guilty to structuring and causing a bank to fail to file a Currency Transaction Report. Both were sentenced to 2 years of probation and ordered to pay $1,000 fines.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation has also resulted in the seizure or forfeiture of various real and personal properties. This includes real estate on Highway 489, Union, Mississippi; residence and land on Highway 15, Union, MS; and the mobile home park on Rigdon Road, Union, Mississippi.

The personal assets include several vehicles, U.S. currency, a checking account, a Kubota tractor, a Kamatsu bulldozer, a Fortress track paver, motorcycles, a John Deere tractor and front loader, a Toro Z mower, a GMC dump truck, a utility fleet trailer, and several all-terrain vehicles.

“Drug trafficking is a crime that is deterring the growth of our communities and increasing the economic depression that is so acutely apparent in rural areas such as Newton County,” said IRS Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jerome McDuffie.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics with assistance from the Decatur Police Department and the Neshoba County Sheriff’s’s Office.

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