Mississippi Carrier Used To Launder Drug Money

Mississippi Carrier Used As A Front For Drug Money Laundering

Mississippi Carrier Used As A Front For Drug Money LaunderingA Mississippi man and woman pleaded guilty to laundering $1 million.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bridget Michelle Bland and Willie Charles Rhodes pleaded guilty in a Jackson federal court to laundering the profits of drug dealer Jessie Hall through Forest, Mississippi carrier Hall’s trucking company.

In addition, Bland pleaded guilty to filing a false report with the IRS.

Rhodes and Bland will be sentenced on June 6, 2013.

The couple face a $500,000 fine and a 20-year sentence term for money laundering.  Bland faces an additional $25,000 fine and a 5-year sentence for filing a false report with the IRS.

“Three co-defendants in this case previously plead guilty to money laundering: Shannon Denise Hall, 41 of Forest, Sylvania Laranda Young, 41, currently of Jackson, and Jessie Hall, 39, of Forest. All five defendants participated in an extensive scheme to launder the drug proceeds of Jessie Hall through his business operating as Hall’s Trucking,” the press release states.

Last spring, federal agents seized  over $850,000 in cash, 10 trucks, eight trailers, 12 cars, three houses, jewelry and thousands of pounds of marijuana.