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Gulfport man set to plead guilty in conspiracy to traffic Xanax, steroids


HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — A Gulfport man intends to plead guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax and a non-narcotic anabolic steroid.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1BVRyT5) the lawyer for Joshua Jones notified the U.S. District Court of Jones' change of plea. Jones will appear Thursday before Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg.

Jones, Randall Patricks and Mollie Resh each were indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and conspiracy to launder money. Resh also was indicted on a charge of misprision of a felony. The government has since dismissed the indictment against Patricks.

A fourth suspect, Robert Benjamin Jones, has already pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy, one for drug distribution and the other for money laundering, along with possession of an unregistered sawed off 9 mm automatic rifle. His sentencing is July 20.

Robert Jones was the first arrested after the Gulfport Narcotics Unit searched home. Officers seized $32,000 in cash, 2,400 doses of Xanax, an unknown white powder, several plastic bags, two pistols, two shotguns, a rifle and a pickup truck.

Prosecutors said the conspiracy took place between January and October 2012.

Prosecutors said the suspects worked together on secret financial transactions to conceal the drug-sales proceeds.

Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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