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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

July 27, 2010

Gregg L. Sullivan, Acting United States Attorney

Contact: Sharry Dedman-Beard
Public Information Officer
(865) 545-4167

Calvin Quintez Williams Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for the Distribution of Cocaine Base (“Crack”) and Possession of a Firearm

GREENEVILLE, Tenn — Calvin Quintez Williams, 21, of Kingsport, Tennessee, was sentenced in United States District Court in Greeneville, on July 26, 2010, to a term of 120 months in prison and eight years supervised release, by the Honorable R. Leon Jordan, United States District Judge. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Williams on August 27, 2009, to possession with the intent to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Williams was the result of a investigation conducted by the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force, 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department Vice Unit, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Reeves represented the United States.

On two occasions in May 2009, Williams distributed crack cocaine to an undercover officer. During a third transaction in May 2009, Williams was arrested and agents executed a search warrant at his apartment just over the county-line in Washington County, Tennessee. During the search, the agents seized an ounce of crack cocaine, a quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, over $2,000.00 in U.S. Currency, and a loaded RG .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.