For Immediate Release
13 Suspects Indicted In West Tennessee On Federal Drug Trafficking Violations
Jackson, Tenn. –Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee; A. Todd McCall, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the FBI; Steve Isbell, Chief of Police for the Dyersburg Police Department; and Jeff Box, Sheriff of Dyer County, announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging 13 suspects with federal drug trafficking violations. The suspects were arrested early today during a round-up conducted by multiple federal (the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshals Service), state (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and Tennessee Highway Patrol), and local law enforcement agencies (Dyer County Sheriff’s Department, Dyersburg Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Lexington Police Department, and Madison County Sheriff’s Department).
The indictments were returned by a federal grand jury in Jackson on January 20, 2015, but remained under seal until today’s arrests. Each indictment contained counts alleging violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
The suspects arrested during the operation were:
• Troy Richard Anderson Jr, 25 (already in state custody) • Tyler Demond Armstrong, 24, of Dyer County • Bree Anna Blalock, 26, of Dyer County • Tyrus Ray Blalock, 45, of Dyer County • Amy Hurt Dew, 50, of Dyer County • Antonia Marshell Jones, 30, of Dyer County • Marlos Lekeith Mann, 39 (already in state custody) • William Frank Perry Jr, 44, of Dyer County • Anthony Lee Randaul, 36, of Dyer County • Steve Lee Roby, 44, of Dyer County • Kenny Charles Vaughn, 37 (already in federal custody) • Terrance Terone Warren, 49, of Dyer County
During the course of this investigation, law enforcement officials have seized illicit narcotics, U.S. currency, firearms, and drug paraphernalia.
The charges in the indictments stem from the illegal activity of selling, manufacturing, and distributing, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana, as well as the unlawful possession of ammunition by convicted felons.
“These individuals are charged with serious drug crimes, and the consequences they face if convicted are also serious,” said U.S. Attorney Stanton. “Illegal drug trafficking and the violence that often accompanies it are a plague upon our communities. My office will vigorously pursue any and all involved in these illegal activities.”
“These indictments and arrests are the result of the cooperation of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the hard work of the men and women from all of the agencies involved,” said Special Agent in Charge A. Todd McCall. “The FBI is dedicated to continuing to work with our partners to target, investigate and bring to justice those who prey on our community.”
“I am grateful for our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners for their assistance. We are a team that is committed to suppress the criminal element in our community,” stated Chief of Police Isbell. “I would also like to recognize the men and women of the Dyersburg Police Department for their hard work. It is truly their work and dedication that has made this a successful operation.”
“This Task Force partnership with both our sheriff's office, police department and the FBI has been beneficial in providing the additional resources needed to make these type of cases targeting illegal activity,” stated Sheriff Box. “This operation is another example of how well our agencies work together in this partnership to attack drugs and criminal activity. Protecting our citizens of this community from crime is our highest priority, we will continue to work with our partners to detect, investigate and prosecute those who seek to advance criminal activity. I want to commend our TFO's, FBI agents and the U.S. Attorney's Office for being a dedicated team in the support of making Dyersburg and Dyer County a safer community.”
The case was investigated by members of the FBI’s Memphis Safe Streets Task Force (ME SSTF). The ME SSTF is a FBI sponsored task force comprised of agents from the FBI Memphis Division’s Jackson Resident Agency, the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department, the Dyersburg Police Department, the Jackson Police Department, and the Lexington Police Department. The ME SSTF focuses on bringing together the combined resources of the FBI and other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to address violent criminal threats. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Beth Boswell on behalf of the government.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.