A felon faces federal charges alleging he impersonated an FBI agent to extort money, marijuana and other items from drug dealers in Hancock and Harrison Counties.
Troy Graham, 34, is accused of committing the crimes from Jan. 16 through April 12, when federal firearms agents arrested him in D’Iberville.
Graham threatened dealers and sellers with a handgun, robbed them and interfered with commerce by using threats and violence in violation of the Hobbs Act, according to a nine-count indictment filed Aug. 8 in U.S. District Court.
Graham, held with no bond, is set for trial on a court calendar that starts Nov. 6.
Here’s what the indictment says he took:
- One pound of marijuana valued at $2,800 to $3,000 on Jan. 16 in Harrison County.
- An unspecified amount of cash and marijuana on Jan. 18 in Hancock County.
- A total of $6,000 on April 1 in Hancock County.
- A Glock 9mm pistol, cameras, tools, money and other items on April 2 in Hancock County.
- An unspecified amount of marijuana on April 12 in Harrison County.
The Hobbs Act, also known as the Anti-Racketeering Act, prohibits robbery and extortion involving anything that affects interstate commerce. The federal law, as it applies to this case, makes it illegal to rob drug dealers and take their property by force or with threats of force. The law was first enacted to prohibit racketeering in labor-management disputes and has been expanded to other scenarios.
Graham was wanted in Baton Rouge on felony charges of insurance fraud, theft and forgery when he was arrested April 12. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents said they found him in possession of a 9mm handgun.
A grand jury indicted him May 2 on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
ATF’s investigation continued and a grand jury handed down a new indictment with more charges on Aug. 8, records show.
He faces one count of impersonating a federal agent; three counts of interference with commerce by extortion; two counts of attempt to interfere with commerce by robbery; two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence; and one count of felon with a firearm.