David Warner is Sentenced to Over 22 YearsPosted on September 12, 2007
David Warner, a man labeled by federal authorities as a major drug
supplier, was sentenced Wednesday to 22-1/2 years in prison by a
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also placed Warner on five years
supervised parole once he is released from prison. Warner pleaded
guilty to possession and distribution of 330 pounds of cocaine in
Warner was on the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 Most Wanted
Fugitives list when he was captured without incident in Toluca,
Mexico, in July 2005. Mexican authorities said Warner had been
living in a gated community about 35 miles from Mexico City.
Warner had been on the run since authorities raided his Jefferson
Davis County mansion in June 2004. During that raid, six suspects
were arrested and guns, cash and drugs were seized. Prosecutors
said Warner was the head of a drug operation that distributed
almost 9 tons of marijuana and more than 1,100 pounds of cocaine
throughout central Mississippi and into Alabama and Tennessee.
Federal authorities said Warner had a lavish lifestyle that included
expensive cars, horses, jewelry and boats and ran his drug
operation from his 5,100-square-foot mansion west of Prentiss. The
operation distributed large quantities of cocaine and marijuana to
Mobile, Memphis, Jackson and Hattiesburg, authorities said following
Warner pleaded guilty March 22, 2006, and agreed to forfeit
$62,034 and his 20-acre estate and luxury home.