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.
Nashville Field Division
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.