- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 35-year-old Mississippi man has been formally charged in a murder-for-hire case.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite said Saturday that Jeffery Howard, of Nicholson, Mississippi, was charged in a one-count indictment with use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.

Court documents show an investigation by the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism division and the New Orleans Joint Terrorism Task Force became aware of Howard, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood.

Howard allegedly sold drugs to an undercover law enforcement officer and during one of the sales, Howard volunteered that he would be willing to commit a murder in exchange for money. Polite’s office says Howard later accepted payment to commit a murder.

If convicted, Howard faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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