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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Alleged resulting overdose carries twenty-year minimum sentence

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- A federal grand jury in Knoxville returned a one-count indictment on November 2, 2010, against Dominique Davon Gordon, 18, of Detroit. Mich., Randall Keith Fowler, 47, of Oliver Springs, Tenn., and Brenda Lynn Fowler, 46, of Oliver Springs, Tenn., charging them with conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, where serious bodily injury (an overdose) to another person resulted from the use of heroin.

If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum term of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to two million dollars. The fact that serious bodily injury is alleged to have occurred as a result of using heroin raises the mandatory minimum prison sentence from five years to 20 years.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ninth Judicial Drug Task Force and Oliver Springs Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Lewen, Jr. 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 his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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