Picayune Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution Charge

Published 1:17 pm Thursday, April 25, 2024

Brandon Lamont Myers, 41, of Picayune, Mississippi, has admitted to possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Myers entered his guilty plea in the U.S. District Court in Gulfport after law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence in Pearl River County on August 14, 2023. During the search, officers discovered 13 grams of fentanyl, along with $61,276 in cash, clear plastic bags, and digital scales, court records show.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is significantly more potent than morphine or heroin, with just two milligrams potentially being lethal, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA warns that one kilogram of fentanyl could cause the deaths of half a million people.

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Myers pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 30, 2024, and could face up to twenty years in prison. A federal district court judge will decide, considering sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Anessa Daniels-McCaw of the DEA, and Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric DeLaune of Homeland Security Investigations jointly announced Myers’ guilty plea.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Picayune Police Department jointly investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose is prosecuting it.

Myers’ case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation, which aims to identify, disrupt, and dismantle high-level drug trafficking organizations and criminal networks across the United States.