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Four Mississippi Residents Sentenced to Prison on Drug Charges in “Operation Yeti Ice”

JUNE 22 (JACKSON, Miss.) –Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux and Gregory K. Davis, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, announced the sentencing of four defendants tied to a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization. 

Cliff Williams, 37, of Meridian, Mississippi, was sentenced to 133 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine. 

Princess Grace, a/k/a Princess Rutley, 36 of Meridian, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine.

Stacy Shelwood, 36, of Newton, Mississippi, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine.

Angelia Fortenberry, 36, of Newton, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

All four defendants were indicted and convicted as a result of DEA’s “Operation Yeti Ice”, an extensive Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, which began as an operation targeting illegal narcotics distribution in central Mississippi.  The drug network involved the distribution of over 100 kilograms of Methamphetamine and encompassed the states of California and Mississippi.

This OCDETF operation was led by the DEA and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Postal Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Leake County Sherriff’s Office, Madison County Sherriff’s Office, Carthage Police Department, Forest Police Department, Newton County Sherriff’s Office, Lauderdale County Sherriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Richland Police Department, Pearl Police Department, Ridgeland Police Department, and the Jackson Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Chalk.

The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

 


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