Meridian Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

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Jackson, Miss. – A Meridian man was sentenced today to 5 years in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Kurt H. Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

According to court documents, on May 24, 2021, during the execution of a search warrant of the residence of Kerwin Ronriquez Dawson, 42, officers of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office found over a half of kilogram of cocaine. The cocaine was intended for distribution in the Lauderdale County area.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Kirkham prosecuted the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.