Suspected leader pleads guilty to supervising doping ring responsible for 4,000 kilos of coke worth $ 24 million | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – A panel of potential jurors fixing him, an alleged drug leader on Monday reached a deal with prosecutors.
Darrin Jamark “DD” Southall, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Under the deal, he faces 35 years in prison, but could reduce it to 30 years – the legal minimum – if prosecutors determine he cooperated with law enforcement investigators working on the case and d ‘others. He was also named a “person of interest” in the murder of a Happy Hill couple.
Southall admitted to running an extensive drug distribution network that supplied resellers on the Gulf Coast. Court records show law enforcement investigators had been in Southall since at least 2016. Federal agents received a court order to begin monitoring Southall’s phone in November 2020. They also tapped into Southall other phones from December to February.
These conversations, according to the Southall plea agreement, showed him talking to couriers and led to arrests resulting in the seizure of 12 kilograms of cocaine, nearly $ 500,000 in cash and a gun. .
This turned out to be the tip of the iceberg, according to the advocacy document. This agreement details a conspiracy involving 4,000 kilograms of cocaine, 24 kilograms of heroin and 2 kilograms of fentanyl. During the plot, according to the plea deal, Southall raised around $ 24 million in drug proceeds.
In addition to the guilty plea, Southall agreed to hand over nearly jewelry, nearly $ 2.4 million in cash and 18 vehicles seized by federal agents.
Southall’s attorney drew up a plea deal several weeks ago, but the accused rejected it at the time. His decision to plead guilty on Monday left only one other defendant to stand trial. But at the end of the day, this defendant – Brandy Lesha Thrash – also announced that she would admit her guilt. Fifteen of the 16 defendants named in the indictment have now pleaded guilty. The 16e, Alandus Reshun Davison, is still at large.
Southall admitted that drug money paid for his condominium in Biloxi and storage units in Alabama and Mississippi.
Southall told a Texas supplier that he sells 100 kilograms of cocaine every month, like a “clock,” the plea agreement reads. This equates to $ 3 million paid to the provider each month. Court records say investigators in the case concluded it was feasible after seizing nearly $ 2.2 million in cash, mostly from storage units, when they arrested co-defendants in March.
“Obviously, traditional accountants and financial institutions were not directly available to Southall for his illegal drug business, so he relied on trusted members of the conspiracy to perform the financial transactions necessary to cover up his ownership of the drug money and act as agents, ”the plea agreement states.
According to the plea deal, federal agents recorded thousands of calls in which Southall arranged for the purchase and distribution of cocaine and heroin. The plea agreement details several specific examples of such calls.
At one point, officers set up surveillance in a lawyer’s office in Mobile and saw Southall and a co-accused arrive in the parking lot together.
The plea deal also documents how Southall would launder the drug proceeds. He cites the bank accounts of a co-accused showing unexplained cash deposits of over $ 150,000 from February 2019 to January of this year.
The plea document shows that another co-accused made large cash deposits and was paying rent on the Biloxi condo in Southall with cashier checks, which Southall reimbursed him. It was designed, according to prosecutors, to conceal Southall’s ownership of the money and its source.
Southall served a prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2002 to a charge of drug conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty in September to an escape charge stemming from an incident in May in which he escaped from the Clarke County jail, where he had been held on federal drug charges.
Mobile Police have officially called Southall a “person of interest” in the February death of Tony and Leila Lewis. According to law enforcement authorities, someone shot at the couple’s house on Dr. Thomas Drive; the house caught fire and burned down.
A police source told FOX10 News that Southall was a suspect in the murder, although he has not been charged in connection with the case. The couple’s grandson is Nahshon Jones, who performs under the stage name HoneyKomb Brazy.
According to court records, Jones shot Southall’s nephew in 2016. A police report called the case murder, but a grand jury declined to indict Jones with the charge. He pleaded guilty instead of a gun violation.
Law enforcement officials acknowledged the “bad blood” between rival factions involving the rapper and Southall, but they did not say the 2016 shooting played a role in the February killings.
U.S. District Chief Justice Kristi DuBose has set the sentence for February 18.
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