Two Hattiesburg men sentenced in a drug-trafficking case

Published 4:42 pm Friday, December 1, 2006

Two Hattiesburg men, convicted in what federal prosecutors call a major drug operation in Mississippi, were sentenced this week in federal court.

Ricky Barnes, Patrick Simms and former Hi-Hat 2000 club owner Ivory Charles Kindred pleaded guilty in August to drug trafficking charges.

A large quantity of drugs and $2.9 million in cash and property were seized in the operation, and 27 people were indicted.

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Authorities said Kindred and Barnes were involved in bringing 6,000 pounds of marijuana from Texas to Mississippi. The two men pleaded guilty to attempting to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Simms pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Barnes was sentenced Tuesday to 50 months in prison followed by five years of parole, a $10,000 fine and a $100 special assessment, according to court documents.

Simms was sentenced to 40 months, with three years of parole, a $7,500 fine and a $100 special assessment, court documents said.

Kindred’s sentencing was postponed until Feb. 1 at the request of his lawyers. He faces five to 40 years in prison and $2 million in fines