Hearing set Thursday in cocaine bust

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – James Edward “Jamey” Evans III of Okolona faces a Thursday hearing on federal cocaine and gun charges.
Evans, 29, was arrested July 21 in Chickasaw County after federal officials claimed they found some two kilograms of cocaine in an SUV he was driving.
A followup search of his residence reportedly yielded 11 kilograms of cocaine, a large amount of U.S. currency and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.
A kilogram is 2.2046 pounds.
U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander will preside over a 10 a.m. hearing in Oxford, where Evans will hear what a July 28 indictment accuses. He also may enter a plea during the hearing.
The indictment charges him with possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He faces up to life imprisonment and $2.5 million in fines.
If convicted, he also would lose eligibility for federal benefits up to 10 years afterward.
Joe Frank Walker II, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in a sworn statement that Evans’ arrest came from a tip about concerns that drugs were being sold by Evans from a trailer house at 134 County Road 174 in Okolona.
A call to the Mississippi Department of Corrections revealed that Evans was on state probation for the sale of drugs.
That gave investigators a reason to search Evans’ residence, Walker’s affidavit said.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com