Dijon Jamese Seales, 28, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, was sentenced Friday by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to serve a total of 285 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Jere T. Miles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans. Seales was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.
On January 22, 2018, members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Seales pursuant to an arrest warrant issued out of the Northern District of Texas for violating pretrial release conditions in an unrelated case. While executing the arrest warrant, task force members found 16.9 grams of methamphetamine on Seales intended for distribution. Additionally, in furtherance of his drug trafficking offense, Seales was found in possession of a Glock 43 pistol and a Ruger AR-556 rifle with an assortment of gun accessories, including a bump stock.
On March 7, 2018, Seales was charged in a criminal indictment with possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He pled guilty before Judge Jordan on February 8, 2019.
This Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) case is a result of a joint investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Assisting agencies included the United States Marshal’s Service, Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Philadelphia Police Department, Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department, Neshoba County District Attorney’s Office, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Flowood Police Department, Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, Carthage Police Department, Union Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Louisville Police Department, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erin Chalk and Drew Eichner prosecuted the case.