October 16, 2014
Contact: SA Debbie Webber
Phone Number: (504) 840-1100
Gulfport Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Conspiracy And Gun Charges
NEW ORLEANS - Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Keith Brown and United States Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Darryl Williams, age 26, a resident of Gulfport, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the indictment, beginning on a date unknown and continuing until on or about May 21, 2014, Williams knowingly combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with persons known and unknown, to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five hundred grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride. Also, on May 21, 2014, Williams, having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed in and affecting interstate commerce, a Ruger Model SR40C, .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun.
On the drug count, Williams faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, a fine of $5 million, four years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment. On the gun count, Williams faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment. U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown set sentencing for February 26, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the DEA in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Andre’ Jones is in charge of the prosecution.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.