A total of nineteen individuals have been indicted in two separate indictments for conspiracy to distribute Methamphet-amine, Cocaine and Marijuana in the Western District of Tennessee. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictments at 2:00 p.m. in a press conference on Monday, April 22nd, at the Ed Jones Federal Building in Jackson, Tennessee.
On March 28th, 2019, a federal grand jury returned indictments charging 4 defendants with conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm that had been shipped in interstate commerce. On April 15th, in a case connected to the previous indictment, a federal grand jury returned indictments charging 15 defendants with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana which remained sealed until the defendants’ arrests. This investigation was conducted in conjunction with prosecutors in Jackson as part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program, which seeks to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, money laundering organizations and related criminal enterprises.
These indictments follow a year-long investigative operation known as “Two Foot Shackle”, involving agents with the FBI and ATF as well as other state and local law enforcement agencies in this joint operation, and using a variety of investigative techniques, sources, and methods. These defendants are alleged to have participated in a conspiracy to distribute narcotics throughout the Western District of Tennessee.
The four defendants in the first indictment are…
For complete coverage, see the April 24th edition of The Lexington Progress.