It was dubbed "Operation Brilliant Orange" and the extensive undercover investigation has resulted in the arrests of 17 people on state and federal drug trafficking charges.
Among those arrested, a former Northwest Rankin High School football coach and his two children.
56-year-old David Coates of Pearl has been arrested on conspiracy to sell marijuana and possession charges, conspiracy to possess hashish and oxycodone. He was fired last year as head football coach of Northwest Rankin High School.
His son, 21-year-old Joseph Patrick Coates, also of Pearl, was arrested on several state and federal charges of sale and trafficking of drugs like LSD and MDMA or "Molly", oxycodone and amphetamine in Rankin, Madison and Lafayette counties.
Coates' daughter, 20-year-old Mary Alice Coates, also of Pearl, faces numerous counts of conspiracy to possess and deliver a variety of drugs including hashish and oxycodone.
The operation began targeting club drugs such as ecstacy in the Jackson metro area.
As the investigation progressed, agents identified a larger distribution network importing the illegal drugs from Amsterdam and distributing throughout the United States.
Agents says they were able to completely dismantle the entire network and stop the supply coming to Mississippi and across the U.S.
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