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Monday, July 6, 2009

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


FOURTEEN INDICTED IN METHCATHINONE RING IN MORGAN COUNTY

Knoxville, Tenn --On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee returned a 34 count indictment against 14 individuals on charges relating to the manufacture and sale of methcathinone. Those indicted included:

Deborah Phillips, a/k/a Debbie, Deborah Braden, Deborah Crabtree, Deborah C. Daugherty, 53, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee;
Eddie E. Aslinger, 51, of Lansing, Tennessee;
Michael Carroll, a/k/a Mickey Carroll, Michael Herrell, Bo-bo, 41, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee;
David Chamblee, a/k/a David James Chamblee, Jr., 23, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee;
Tiffany Crass, 21, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee;
Brandon Martin, a/k/a Brandon Scoot Martin, 29, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee ;
Danny Lee Monday, 44, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee;
Lisa Orme, a/k/a Lisa Dudas, 38, of Coalfield, Tennessee;
Frances Richardson, a/k/a Frances M. Phillips, 40, of Coalfield, Tennessee;
Natasha Richardson, a/k/a Tasha, 22, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee ;
Mary Roberts, a/k/a Mary Carroll 33, of Sunbright, Tennessee;
Nerisa Rogers, a/k/a Nerisa Jane Aslinger, Nerisa Phillips, 30, of Briceville, Tennessee;
Elizabeth Scisco, 24, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and,
Deadrea Wilson, a/k/a Dee-dee, Deadra Candice Martin, 28, of Harriman, Tennessee.

United States Attorney Russ Dedrick commended the law enforcement agencies, including the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, the Oliver Springs Police Department, and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department for their effective investigations and coordination of their efforts. “This is a true indication of the fine cooperation and support we have from all of our law enforcement agencies in east Tennessee, especially concerning these drug charges involving the distribution of methcathinone. Our District is proud of the hard work by members of the Morgan County and Anderson County Sheriff’s Departments and the Oliver Springs Police Department in bringing these defendants before our federal courts with the assistance of our office and staff.”

Morgan County Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter said, “This group is responsible for putting a lot of dope into Morgan County. We want to make sure they get locked up for as long as possible.” Ledbetter said he would like to thank Russ Dedrick, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and his staff for taking this case into the federal system and for their efforts preparing this case for court. “General Dedrick has been a leader in the fight against drugs in Tennessee for many years and we appreciate the excellent work that he and his staff does,” said Ledbetter. “Without their assistance prosecuting cases like this would not be possible,” Ledbetter added.

Morgan County Chief Deputy William Angel said, “These arrests are the result of an investigation that lasted more than a year. Investigator Gary Seiber has done a great job. He has spent hundreds of hours putting this case together. We also had help from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and the Oliver Springs Police Department. These people were running between Morgan and Anderson counties buying supplies to make dope and selling the finished product in both places.”

Angel said he asked the United States Attorneys Office to prosecute the case on a federal level because the defendants were operating in at least two different state judicial districts, which would make prosecution much harder on a state level. He also said the sentences were more severe in the federal court and that the federal system moves much faster.

A trial date was set for August 26, 2009, in United States District Court, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In addition to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, other agencies assisting in this investigation and the arrests of these individuals included the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Oliver Springs Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Dave Lewen, Jr., will represent the United States.

The charges against the individuals above are outlined in the attached indictment.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

For additional information, please contact United States Attorney Russ Dedrick, 865-545-4167, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Lewen, 865-545-4167, or Public Information Officer Sharry Dedman-Beard, 865-545-4167.

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