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Guilty plea for man who used trucking company to transport drugs

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Federal prosecutors are calling it one of the largest money laundering schemes in Mississippi history.

Thursday the alleged mastermind behind the drug trafficking operation was in court.

Lornell Von Moore was in federal court in Jackson Thursday, to enter a guilty plea on a 19 count Federal indictment, for his role in a marijuana trafficking and money laundering operation.

Prosecutors say they monitored Moore's activities, and his girlfriend Patrina Hayes, between 2008 and 2009.

They say the two used several trucking companies to move large shipments of marijuana from south Texas, to their home in Jasper county.

U.S. Attorney's say during that period, Moore and eight other co-conspirators profited more than $2 Million.

They say the money was then laundered after being deposited in the trucking companies multiple bank accounts.

The feds seized over $800 Thousand in cash, but not before Moore and Hayes went on several extravagant spending sprees, which included multiple luxury cars.

Lornell Von Moore will be sentenced on March 27th.

Patricia Hayes trial is set for January 13th.

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