JACKSON – A Philadelphia man was sentenced to 23 years in prison on federal weapons charges and intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Dijon Jamese Seales, 28, of Philadelphia was recently sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to serve a total of 285 months in federal prison on the drug-related and weapons charges.

Seales pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

When his prison time is completed, Seales will be placed on supervised release for five years. This was announced by U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Jere T. Miles, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans. Seales was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

On January 22, 2018, members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Seales pursuant to an arrest warrant issued out of the Northern District of Texas for violating pretrial release conditions in an unrelated case. 

While executing the arrest warrant, task force members found 16.9 grams of methamphetamine on Seales which was intended for distribution. Additionally, in furtherance of his drug trafficking offense, Seales was found in possession of a Glock 43 pistol and a Ruger AR-556 rifle with an assortment of gun accessories, including a bump stock.

On March 7, 2018, Seales was charged in a criminal indictment with possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He pled guilty before Judge Jordan on February 8, 2019.

This Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) case is a result of a joint investigation by numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.