Feds pick up cocaine suspect

By John Philleo

The Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Derek Moffett on Thursday, May 5, at a parking lot in South Jackson, according to federal marshals.

The fugitive task force had received information that Moffett was going to be at a specific location, so they set up surveillance and arrested him when he arrived, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeff Love.

He was arrested for violation of conditions of supervised release, following an arrest in McNairy County in which more than half a kilo of cocaine was found by the McNairy County Drug Task Force at his residence at 1960 Nelson Store Road just before midnight on April 12.

Following that operation, Moffett and Mason Thomas Wilbanks, of Savannah, were charged with manufacturing/sale/delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Moffett posted bail following that arrest.

He had been on federal supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, for which he was originally sentenced to 46 months on July 6, 2005.

Moffett is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service awaiting a hearing on the violation, according to deputy Marshal Love.