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Massive federal drug bust in Central MS

Source: U.S. Attorney's Office Source: U.S. Attorney's Office
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office Source: U.S. Attorney's Office
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Seven people are facing federal charges in two separate money laundering schemes that took place in Central Mississippi.

The charges stem from large marijuana distribution conspiracies in the area, announced U.S. Attorney John Dowdy today.

As part of the investigation officers seized $854,000 in cash, 10 tractor trucks, eight tractor trailers, 12 personal cars, jewelry, three house and thousands of pounds of marijuana.

Jessie J. Hall, 38, of Forest, Sylvania Laranda Young, 40, of Ferriday, La., Bridget Michelle Bland, 43, of Newton, Willie Charles Rhodes, 53, of Brandon, and Shannon Denise Hall, 40, of Morton, were charged with conspiring to launder drug proceeds, money laundering and evasion of Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements, according to Dowdy.

In a separate case, Patrina Bester Hayes, 35, of Paulding, and Lornell Von Moore, 46, of Louin, have been charged in a 19-count indictment with conspiring to launder drug proceeds, money laundering and evasion of Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements.

Lornell Von Moore, Jessie J. Hall, and Shannon Denise Hall are all already serving time in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for conspiracy to distribute marijuana, according to Dowdy.

Officers from the Ridgeland Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Hinds County Sheriff's Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration to initially investigate the drug distribution rings of Jessie J. Hall and Lornell Von Moore.

Fourteen people were convicted of various counts of conspiracy to distribute thousands of kilograms of marijuana.

Further investigation by the IRS and DEA led to the recent indictments, according to the U.S. Attorney.

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