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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Kansas

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For Immediate Release

March 13, 2013

Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney

Contact: 501-340-2600

19 Blytheville Residents Charged
In Multiple Drug Trafficking And Weapons Cases

Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Special Agent in Charge Marino F. Vidoli
announced seven indictments which were unsealed today charging nineteen defendants inBlytheville, Arkansas, with multiple drug and gun charges. All told, the indictments charge the
19 defendants with 91 different counts. Approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine, multiple ounces of crack cocaine, more than 26 pounds of marijuana and 24 guns, including six
stolen guns, were seized in the operation.

“As I said in October of 2011, our commitment to eradicating drug trafficking and violent
crime has never been stronger,” stated United States Attorney Christopher R. Thyer. “In order to
achieve the results we see today, it takes commitment from every law enforcement agency in the
region. These large-scale investigations take time and teamwork. These indictments, arrests and
seizures of weapons are proof that law enforcement in the Eastern District of Arkansas stands
behind their commitment to the citizens of this region.”

“This investigation is a prime example of what happens when agencies work together to
make their communities safer,” said Vidoli. “ATF’s commitment to reducing violent crime
begins with our relationships with our law enforcement partners.”

The indictments are part of a larger operation, named H.I.T.S. (High Intensity Trafficking
Suppression), initiated in response to firearms violence and the trafficking of firearms and
narcotics in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri. Over the past two years the investigation
resulted in over 240 undercover operations and numerous other law enforcement actions.

The main indictment charges eleven defendants in fifty-three separate counts stemming
from a large-scale investigation into methamphetamine and narcotics trafficking in Blytheville.
The indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury on March 6, 2013. The counts include
conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, aiding
and abetting distribution of methamphetamine, use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug

trafficking crime, felon in possession of a firearm, use of a telephone to facilitate a drug
trafficking crime, and obstruction of justice. (See defendant/charge list attached.). If convicted of
conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine each defendant will face a
sentence of not less than 10 years to life imprisonment.

Six other indictments charge eight more defendants with counts including possession
with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine,
methamphetamine, use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, felon in possession
of a firearm, and use of a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime.

The ATF operation in Blytheville developed into multiple cases involving law
enforcement at the federal, state and local levels. The conspiracy indictment is the largest case to
date from that investigation.

Those arrested today will be arraigned in federal court in Little Rock before United States
Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Detention hearings will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013.

The investigation was conducted by ATF, in partnership with the 2nd Judicial Drug Task
Force, which includes officers from the Blytheville Police Department, the Osceola Police
Department and the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office. The Arkansas State Police provided
additional assistance with today’s operation. The seven indictments are being prosecuted by
Assistant United States Attorneys Chris Givens, Alex Morgan, Kristin Bryant and Cameron
McCree.

An indictment contains only allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty.

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DEFENDANTS/CHARGES

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine:

  • Brown II, Kenneth E, aka “Ice Man”, 26, Blytheville, AR
  • Brown, Kenneth E, 54, Blytheville, AR
  • Brown, Tremayne, aka “Chubs”, 25, Blytheville, AR
  • Jackson, Renaldre, aka “Nod”, 21, Blytheville, AR
  • Knight, Bobby, 20, Blytheville, AR
  • McCray, Tyrone E, 29, Blytheville, AR
  • Rhodes, Derrick A, aka “3D”, 39, Blytheville, AR
  • Robinson, Andre J, aka “Blue”, 34, Blytheville, AR
  • Robinson, Brian E, aka “Smiley”, 33, Blytheville, AR
  • Staton, Rashead A, aka “West Side”, 27, Blytheville, AR
  • Black, Isaac, aka “Smooth”, 28, Blytheville, AR

In addition to the conspiracy charges, the following defendants are also charged with the
following crimes:

Black, Isaac, aka “Smooth”, 28, Blytheville, AR, possession with intent to distribute
methamphetamine (1 count).

Brown II, Kenneth E, aka “Ice Man”, 26, Blytheville, AR, possession with intent to distribute
methamphetamine (4 counts), possession with intent to distribute marijuana (1 count), possession
of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (1 count), felon in possession of a firearm
(2 counts).

Brown, Kenneth E, 54, Blytheville, AR, distribution of methamphetamine (4 counts),
obstruction of justice (1 count).

Brown, Tremayne, aka “Chubs”, 25, Blytheville, AR, possession with intent to distribute
methamphetamine (3 counts), felon in possession of a firearm (1 count), use of a telephone to
facilitate a drug trafficking crime (1 count).

Buckley, Sherrill L, 31, Blytheville, AR, distribution of methamphetamine (1 counts), use of a
telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime (1 count).

Chew, Troy D, 37, Blytheville, AR, distribution of cocaine (1 count), distribution of crack
cocaine (2 counts), felon in possession of a firearm (1 count), use of a telephone to facilitate a
drug trafficking crime (2 counts).

Larry Clayborn, 38, Blytheville, AR possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (2
counts), possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine (3 counts), possession of a firearm in
furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (3 counts), felon in possession of a firearm (4 counts).

Hawkins, Santriana S, 19, Blytheville, AR, aiding and abetting possession with intent to
distribute methamphetamine (2 counts).

Clayborn, Larry D, 38, Blytheville, AR, distribution of methamphetamine (3 counts), use of a
telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime (2 counts).
Jones, Ivory L, aka “Willy Ivory”, 28, Blytheville, AR, aiding and abetting possession with
intent to distribute methamphetamine (2 counts), use of a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking
crime (1 count).

Knight, Bobby, 20, Blytheville, AR, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (1
count), possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (1 count).

McCray, Tyrone E, 29, Blytheville, AR, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
(3 counts), felon in possession of a firearm (1 count), use of a telephone to facilitate a drug
trafficking crime (1 count).

Parnell, Anthony J, aka “AJ”, 25, Blytheville, AR, distribution of crack cocaine (1 count),
distribution of methamphetamine, (1 counts), possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug
trafficking crime (1 counts).

Robinson, Andre J, aka “Blue”, 34, Blytheville, AR, distribution of methamphetamine (2
counts), use of a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime (1 count), and felon in possession
of a firearm (1 count).

Robinson, Brian E, aka “Smiley”, 33, Blytheville, AR, distribution of methamphetamine (5
counts), possession with intent to distribute marijuana (1 count), use of a firearm during and in
relation to a drug trafficking crime (2 counts), use of a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking
crime (3 counts), and felon in possession of a firearm (2 counts).

Rhodes, Derrick A, aka “3D”, 39, Blytheville, AR, possession with intent to distribute
methamphetamine (3 counts), felon in possession of a firearm (1 count), use of a telephone to
facilitate a drug trafficking crime (1 count).

Staton, Rashead A, aka “West Side”, 27, Blytheville, AR, possession with intent to distribute
methamphetamine (3 counts), felon in possession of a firearm (1 count), use of a telephone to
facilitate a drug trafficking crime (1 count).

Isaac Sidney Thomas, 43, Blytheville, AR, distribution of cocaine (1 count), distribution of
crack cocaine (1 count), felon in possession of a firearm (1 count), use of a telephone to facilitate
a drug trafficking crime (2 counts).

Thompson, Rickey M, aka “Tricky Ricky”, 33, Blytheville, AR, distribution of crack cocaine
(7 counts).


STATUTORY SENTENCES

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine is
punishable by not less than 10 years, not more than life, incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons
with a possible fine of up to $1,000,000, and not more than 5 years supervised release on each.

Possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine is punishable by
not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons with a
possible fine of up to $1,000,000, and not more than 3 years supervised release.

Possession with intent to distribute less than 50 grams of methamphetamine is punishable by not
more than 20 years incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons with a possible fine of up to
$1,000,000, and not more than 3 years supervised release.

Possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine is punishable by not less
than 5 years, not more than 40 years incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons with a possible fine of
up to $1,000,000, and not more than 3 years supervised release.

Possession with intent to distribute less than 28 grams of crack cocaine is punishable by not less
than 5 years, not more than 40 years incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons with a possible fine of
up to $1,000,000, and not more than 3 years supervised release.

Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is punishable by not less than 5
incarceration consecutive to any other sentence in the Bureau of Prisons with a possible fine of
up to $250,000, and not more than 5 years supervised release.

Felon in possession of a firearm is punishable by not more than 10 incarceration in the Bureau of
Prisons with a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than 3 years supervised release.

Use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug trafficking crime are not more than 4 years
incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons with a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than 1
year supervised release.

Obstruction of justice is punishable by not more than 3 years incarceration in the Bureau of
Prisons with a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than 1 year supervised release.