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Monday, October 26, 2009

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


NINE INDICTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

Pain Pill Conspiracy Charged in Greene and Washington County

[GREENEVILLE, Tenn] - A federal grand jury in Greeneville returned a six-count indictment on October 14, 2009, against nine individuals for drug trafficking charges. The defendants include Latacha Nicole Curtis, age 34; Monica Louise Duncan, age 38; Paul Haney, age 20; Iesha Jones (Sayers), age 30; Regina Russell, age 22; Walter Eugene “Joe” Sayers, Jr., age 30; Mary Lou Shelton, age 52; Brian Keith Wampler, age 32; and Travis Eugene Williams, age 32. All nine defendants are residents of Greene County, Tennessee.

All of the defendants with the exception of Williams appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges in the indictment. Curtis, Duncan, Sayers, and Wampler were ordered detained pending trial. Haney, Jones, Russell, and Shelton were placed on pre-trial release. Williams will be arraigned after he is transported from the Charles Bass Correctional Complex in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections. A trial will be scheduled after Williams’ arraignment.

The indictment alleges that the nine defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and hydrocodone, Schedule II controlled substances and alprazolam and diazepam, Schedule IV controlled substances. The indictment alleges that the defendants engaged in the conspiracy from January 1, 2009, to the date of the indictment at locations in Greene and Washington counties.

If convicted, all nine defendants face a maximum of twenty years in prison; a maximum fine of $1,000,000; a maximum of three years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, the Greene, Sullivan, and Washington County Sheriffs’ Offices, the Elizabethton, Greeneville, Johnson City, Jonesborough, and Kingsport Police Departments, and the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force. The United States Marshals Service assisted in the arrests. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith will represent the United States.

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.

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