Forty-three-year-old Donte L. Evans of Biloxi and 52-year-old Cedric Collum of Jackson were sentenced Monday for their roles in a drug distribution conspiracy.
Evans pleaded guilty on January 24. He was sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
He received a quantity of cocaine for distribution from a co-conspirator who traveled from Jackson to Biloxi and also sold quantities of cocaine in Gulfport.
Collum pleaded guilty on January 5 and was sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
He also purchased a quantity of cocaine from a co-conspirator in Jackson.
Following the purchase of the cocaine, a traffic stop was conducted by the Jackson Police Department and the cocaine was recovered.
This case is the result of an extensive investigation dubbed Operation Pipeline, targeting illegal narcotics distribution in central Mississippi.
The distribution network encompasses the states of California, Texas and Mississippi.
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