NASHVILLE, Tenn. - June 27, 2014 – A federal grand jury in Nashville, Tenn. returned a 23-count indictment on June 25, 2014, charging 22 individuals with various offenses relating to a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of heroin and fentanyl in the Middle Tennessee area, Northern Alabama and St. Louis, Missouri, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. Much of the heroin had been adulterated or replaced with fentanyl and caused or contributed to the death of at least two persons in Alabama and was responsible for multiple non-fatal overdoses.
Nashville Field Division
BIRMINGHAM -- Five of seven people indicted late last month in overlapping identity theft and illegal gun-purchasing conspiracies were arraigned today in federal court. The two other defendants, including Quantrey Kantrell Bryant, who is charged with both conspiracies, were arraigned on their charges earlier. All seven were arrested June 10.
MOBILE, Ala. – Federal arrest warrants on a number of indictments out of the Southern District of Alabama were served this morning in the Marion and Selma areas. The indictments charge offenses ranging from possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs sold illegally on the street, to various gun violations, including various types of prohibited persons (convicted felons, persons committed by order of a probate judge, and drug users) in possession of firearms, to money laundering.
HUNTINGTON, Tenn. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that on June 3, 2014, Odell Holder, age 40, was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison and 24 months supervised released for prohibited individual in possession of a firearm by United States District Judge Daniel Breen.
HUMBOLDT, Tenn. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that on April 23, 2014, Frank Snowden, age 37, was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison and 12 months supervised released for prohibited individual in possession of a firearm by United States District Judge Daniel Breen.
K-9 Peggy started her training with the Guiding Eyes for The Blind organization. She then completed the 16-week training program with ATF to become an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC). K-9 Peggy and her Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Karen Findlay respond to many calls for assistance. One such call involved the detonation of a homemade explosives (HME) device, which resulted in the double homicide of an elderly couple in their home. SACH Findlay and K-9 Peggy were dispatched to conduct sweeps of the residence and property for other potential HMEs, explosives, and guns.
Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—May 23, 2014. Kenneth Gaddie, aka K.G., 24, of Nashville, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in federal court in Nashville, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General David A. O’Neil of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney David Rivera for the Middle District of Tennessee and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Fulton for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Nashville Field Division.
Memphis, TN – Chastain Montgomery, Sr., 50, of Lavergne, TN, pleaded guilty today to seven federal crimes committed during a six-month spree that included the murders of United States Postal Service employees Paula Robinson and Judy Spray, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III; Keith Fixel, Inspector in Charge of the Charlotte Division, United States Postal Inspection Service; and Mark Gwyn, Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- May 12, 2014- Joshua Lee Alan Eichel, 32, of Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced on May 8, 2014, to 135 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Kevin H. Sharp, for conspiring to possess and distribute 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. The prison term will be followed by five years of supervised release.
Eichel was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2013 and pleaded guilty in December 2013.
Memphis, TN – Robert Drew, 57, of Oakland, TN, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury on two counts of robbery of a business engaged in interstate commerce (Hobbs Act robbery), two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and ATF Nashville Field Division Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Fulton.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - On Apr. 24, 2014, Darien Houston, 43, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was sentenced as an armed career criminal to serve 15 years in prison, by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis L. Collier. Houston's criminal history includes 23 felony convictions which include second degree burglary, possession of cocaine for resale, possession of marijuana for resale, felony escape, forgery, theft of property and concealing stolen property, among others. Houston is an admitted member of the Vice Lords street gang.
McEWEN, Tenn. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced their preliminary findings in the Rio Ammunition manufacturing incident. The ATF National Response Team (NRT) has deemed the incident as non-criminal in nature and has classified it as an industrial accidental explosion. The explosion occurred in the area of the mezzanine that fed the loading machine that resulted in the death of one employee and the injury of three other employees.
MCEWEN, Tenn. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that the National Response Team (NRT) will arrive on scene today to begin processing the site of a plant explosion and fire that caused one fatality and injured three others. The explosion and fire, on a property where several businesses are licensed to manufacture explosives and ammunition, also caused considerable monetary damage. ATF Special Agent in Charge, Jeff Fulton stated, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased and injured during this traumatic event.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014, Charles M. Jones III, former owner and president of Tennessee Guns International, Inc. (TGI), was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve one year of probation and 100 hours of community service as a result of his felony conviction for importation of goods (firearms) by false statements. Jones pleaded guilty to the offense pursuant to a plea agreement last December. The plea agreement also resulted in TGI forfeiting and relinquishing several thousand firearms and firearms parts that were seized from TGI.
Jackson, TN – At least 36 individuals were arrested today in Obion and Weakley Counties as part of a combined federal, state, and local investigation of criminal activity in the area, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III; ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton; and 27th District Attorney General Thomas A. Thomas.
Memphis, TN – Eighteen individuals were named today in an indictment on a variety of charges involving illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of illegal drugs, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton.
Members of law enforcement from the ATF and the Multi-Agency Gang Unit executed a series of take-downs across Shelby County to apprehend the suspects.
The following individuals are alleged to have conspired to distribute prescription drugs:
Marlon Deshone Quarles, a/k/a “Marlon Patterson,” 41, address unknown;
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Dustin Patrick Wilcox, a.k.a. "Weiner", 32, of Kingsport, Tenn., was sentenced on Mar. 3, 2014, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 270 months in federal prison for his leadership role in oxycodone and money laundering conspiracies centered in and around the Sullivan County, Tenn., area.
Lebanon, TN — Richard Parker, age 49, of Lebanon, was arrested and taken into custody today. The intelligence gathered and evidence collected provided enough probable cause to arrest Parker for this double homicide stemming from the explosives incident occurring Monday at a residence. The case was presented to a Wilson County Grand Jury and they returned indictments for two counts of Felony First Degree Murder and two counts of Pre-Meditated First Degree Murder. Parker is also charged with a count of Unlawful Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. January 28, 2014–Sterling Rivers a/k/a “Little Real”26, of Lebanon, Tennessee, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to 28 years in prison for conspiring to distribute large quantities of crack cocaine and cocaine, as part of his involvement in a criminal street gang called the Unknown Vice Lords, announced David Rivera, U. S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- A federal grand jury in Greeneville returned a 24-count indictment on Jan. 14, 2014, against John A. Ayers, a.k.a. Blondie, 31, of Rutledge, Tenn.; Gary S. Valentine, 53, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Victor M. Lynn, 51, of Rutledge, Tenn.; Paula W. Teague, 45, of Fairmont, Ga.; Eric R. Sizemore, 37, of East Berndstadt, Ky.; Drew A. Gregg, Jr., 36, of Newport, Tenn.; Joseph A. Jackson, a.k.a. Joey Jackson, 47, of Russellville, Tenn.; Teresa J. Turner, a.k.a. Terri Red, 52, of Whitesburg, Tenn.; Charles E. Bishop, a.k.a. Chucky, 51, of Whitesburg, Tenn.; Donna S.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 17, 2014 – Gerald Edwin Farmer, aka HK, 24, of Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced today to 210 months (17 ½ years) in prison, announced David Rivera, U. S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 26, 2013 – Christopher Ray Moody, 29, of Nashville, Tenn., was found guilty yesterday by a federal jury of multiple drug trafficking and firearms offenses, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. Moody’s crimes were committed from 2008 – 2011 and many were committed in and around specially protected areas around schools and public housing.