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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 12, 2021
Joseph C. Murphy, Jr.
, United States Attorney

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 10 Years for Distribution of Marijuana and Using a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime

Memphis, TN – Ronald Freeman, 39 has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for distribution of marijuana and using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, between August 2020 and September 2020, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), conducted a criminal investigation into the drug trafficking activities of Ronald Freeman. This investigation was initiated through Operation LeGend, an initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement to fight violent crime. Operation LeGend was first launched on July 8, 202o in Kansas City, Missouri and announced in Memphis on August 6, 2020.

ATF Special Agents utilized a confidential informant to conduct approximately 7 controlled purchases resulting in receiving two firearms and narcotics from Freeman. Each transaction was audio and video-recorded and completed under ATF supervision.

On March 24, 2021, the defendant pled guilty.

On July 9, 2021, U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman sentenced Freeman to 120 months imprisonment to be followed by 5 years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy K. Cornejo prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.


Nashville Field Division