Interstate Theft and Distribution of Liquor

7/31/2008

Arrests Made in Interstate Theft and Distribution of Liquor

The Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Bureau of Enforcement, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI,) announced today that seven indictments have been handed down for interstate theft and distribution of alcoholic beverages. Five individuals have been arrested and two others are expected to turn themselves in to authorities.

Those arrested and awaiting initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Jackson include Jimmie Lee Dean, 57, male, Greenwood; Reginald Patton, 39, male, Lexington; Shirley Stewart, 43, female, Lexington; Connie Stewart, 23, female, Lexington; Rudolph Barnes, 46, male, address unavailable. All five are being held at the Madison County jail pending a bond hearing.

Timmy Stewart, 34, male, Lexington, and Dominique Secherest, 23, female, Lexington, are expected to turn themselves in to the U. S. Attorney in Jackson.

On or around October 26, 2007, a tractor trailer containing about 1,200 cases of alcoholic beverages was stolen from a truck yard in Shreveport, Louisiana. The trailer was brought into Mississippi and the stolen alcoholic beverages were sold and distributed in several Mississippi Delta counties.

Based on a tip, ABC Enforcement began investigating and subsequently coordinated with ATF and MBI when agents learned of the interstate theft. ABC Enforcement agents working undercover were able to purchase some of the stolen liquor, said ABC Enforcement Chief Mark Hicks. As a result of the investigation, seven Federal Grand Jury indictments were returned last week.

Mississippi Department of Corrections agents in Holmes County and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department also assisted with the investigation.

“This is a textbook example of what can be accomplished when Federal, State, and Local law enforcement work together to solve a crime,” said Hicks.



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