- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Seven people have pleaded guilty to charges in a drug-trafficking operation after a two-year investigation showed more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine was shipped or driven from California and distributed in Mississippi.

The indictments came after an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The investigation began as an operation targeting illegal narcotics distribution in central Mississippi.

U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced in a news release that the pleas were entered before U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan III in Jackson, Mississippi.

Davis said the investigation centered in several central Mississippi counties, including Leake, Lauderdale, Rankin and Scott. He said some of the methamphetamine was shipped through U.S. mail or other overnight delivery services.

Those entering guilty pleas, prosecutors said, were:

- Jennifer Higgins McLemore, 35, of Pearl, Mississippi, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. She will be sentenced on April 21 and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a maximum fine of $10 million.

- Walter Pernillo, 42, of San Bernardino, California, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Sentencing is April 21. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a maximum fine of $10 million.

- Terry Garth, 35, of Newton, Mississippi, pleaded guilty Jan. 28, 2015 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing is April 21. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, 10 years in prison for the firearm charge, and a maximum fine of $1 million.

- Steven Ochoa, 29, of San Bernardino, California, pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentencing is April 20. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.

- Jennifer Toole Kidd, 30, of Newton, pleaded guilty Jan. 30 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing is April 20. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

- Jakeivia Fairley, 24, of San Bernardino, California, pleaded guilty Jan. 30 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing is April 20. Fairley faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

- Beatrice Williams McEntee, 56, of Forest, Mississippi, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing is April 23. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

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