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Federal Indictments take out major meth ring

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

"Operation Yeti Ice" has brought down a major meth ring with federal indictments of traffickers in central Mississippi and California.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis announced the indictment of 20 people for the distribution of actual methamphetamine. Sixteen are Mississippians and were arrested in central Mississippi and California Tuesday.

They are accused of using the mail and delivery services to transport the drugs to Mississippi. Three indictments charge 20 individuals with the illegal trafficking.

Federal investigators say the ring leader is 69 year old Rodney Gerald Henderson of Newton.

Members of the drug ring were indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and other associated charges including firearms possession.

Also named in the indictments are:

  • 35-year-old Kafien Kidd, Newton
  • 30-year-old Jennifer Toole Kidd, Newton
  • 35-year old Marcos Jones, Newton
  • 24-year-old Terry Garth, Newton.
  • 38-year-old Michael Thomas McLemore, Pearl
  • 35-year-old Jennifer Higgins McLemore, Pearl
  • 36-year-old Cliff Williams, Meridian
  • 35-year-old Princess Grace, Meridian.
  • 32-year-old Stacy Shelwood, Oceans Springs,
  • 38-year-old Angelina Fortenberry, Decatur,
  • 46-year-old Kenneth Waggoner, Forest
  • 56-year-old Beatrice Williams McEntee, Forest
  • 40-year-old Jamie Tavare Thames, Forest,
  • 45-year-old Ronnie Round Conehatta, Little Rock, MS
  • 55 year old Thomas Odell Mason, Little Rock, MS 

The indictment alleges that the defendants transported actual methamphetamine between 2012 and 2014. 15 kilograms of actual methamphetamine, valued at more than half a million dollars, were seized.

Garth, Grace and Waggoner are still at large. The drug bust operation began in Leake county.

"In this case I had a deputy who made an arrest and that person wanted to help themselves and it moved up from there. MBN was contacted. DEA was contacted and it went from there," said Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner.

"The purity level of 90% or better that indicates it's probably from what they call the super labs as opposed to I think it is actual methamphetamine not what we saw prior to 2010 when people could go purchase pseudoephedrine," said U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis.

Federal authorities say one Mississippi death, an overdose, is a part of the case. Those in custody are scheduled to make their initial appearance in U.S. District Court Thursday.

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