The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jackson says Lorenzo Dyrell Hickman, 32, of Philadelphia, has been sentenced to 270 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Hickman was charged in a single count indictment in May 2018 and later pleaded guilty.

The government says Hickman was responsible for the distribution of kilograms of methamphetamine in the Philadelphia, Miss., area. He also was convicted in Georgia of possessing a kilogram of cocaine that was destined for distribution in Mississippi.

The U.S. attorney says this case is the result of an extensive Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, dubbed Operation Highlife, which began as an operation targeting illegal narcotics distribution in east central Mississippi that involved the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. The distribution network encompasses the states of California, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

This OCDETF case is a result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Assisting agencies include the Philadelphia Police Department, Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department, Neshoba County District Attorney’s Office, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Flowood Police Department, Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, Carthage Police Department, Union Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Louisville Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol and the United States Marshal Service.

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