Crime

Man suspected of trafficking meth has bond revoked

Michael Eugene Moore
Michael Eugene Moore

Bond has been revoked for a man prosecutors say supplied at least 14 kilos of crystal meth to South Mississippi from California.

Michael Eugene Moore is the head of a drug trafficking organization and has directed others to send and receive thousands of dollars in drug money through wire transfers and deposits in bank accounts, a prosecutor wrote in a court filing.

Moore, 43, directed the operation while on parole in California and while four of his accomplices received prison terms of 14 to 23 years, Assistant U.S. Attorney Shundral Cole wrote.

Moore was arrested in California in July after an indictment on federal charges was issued in Gulfport.

A magistrate judge in Fresno, California, released Moore on a $25,000 bond in spite of prosecutors’ requests he be detained, court records show. The judge ordered Moore to appear in court in Gulfport.

Moore was arraigned July 18 in Gulfport and was held pending a detention hearing. Moore asked that the hearing be delayed, records show.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden revoked Moore’s bond in a hearing Thursday at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Moore’s trial has been moved from a Sept. 6 court calendar to one that starts Nov. 7.

Three or more years, feds say

The indictment specifies three drug-trafficking incidents in Jackson County in 2015 and a conspiracy charge. Prosecutors say the conspiracy began as early as 2013, one year after Moore’s release from prison.

Narcotics agents had seized numerous shipments of meth and made several arrests before the dates listed in the indictment, Cole wrote.

The shipments, sent via Federal Express, United Parcel Service and other shipping services, are said to involve numerous people in the Fresno area and around the Mississippi Coast.

After the arrest of Moore’s “lieutenant” in April 2015, an undercover federal agent began communicating with Moore, which led to more shipments of meth, Cole said.

“Moore has shown no signs of ending his illicit drug-trafficking activities,” she said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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