A Meridian man charged with drug trafficking is headed to federal prison.

Kenneth Dewayne Williams, 45, Meridian, was sentenced on Friday to 95 months, followed five years of supervised release, for possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Brad L. Byerley, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Williams, who was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

Williams was indicted after an investigation dubbed “Deadly Dose” which involved the distribution of heroin and cocaine in central Mississippi, according to a news release.

During the investigation, agents intercepted telephone calls between Williams and a coconspirator regarding a cocaine transaction. Agents stopped Williams on Interstate 20 east of Jackson on Dec. 4, 2017, seizing approximately 2 kilograms of cocaine and $17,000, the release said.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Police Department, and the Internal Revenue Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wansley.

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