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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Department of Justice

Acting United States Attorney Gregg L. Sullivan Eastern District of Tennessee


COCKE COUNTY PAIR ARRESTED FOR OXYCODONE TRAFFICKING

GREENEVILLE, Tenn — James Larry McCarter, 63 of Newport, Tennessee, and Cody Danielle Ivey, 23, of Cosby, Tennessee, were arrested today in Newport by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) on charges of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and possessing oxycodone with the intent to distribute. Also participating in the investigation and the arrests were the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and the Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force.

An initial appearance was held today in United States District Court in Greeneville before the Honorable Dennis H. Inman, United States Magistrate Judge. Both were ordered temporarily detained pendingfurtherhearings. A preliminaryhearing and detention hearing was set for Monday, October 4, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., for McCarter and hearings for Ivey were set for Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 10:00 a.m..

The details of the charges are outlined in the criminal complaint and supporting affidavit, which are attached to this press release and are filed as public record in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville.

In summary, the affidavit alleges that McCarter arranged for Iveyand others to travel to “pain clinics” in Florida to obtain oxycodone and other prescription narcotics. McCarter paid the costs of the trips and received half of the pills obtained. An undercover TBI agent purchased oxycodone pills from Ivey on two occasions in July and one occasion in August 2010. As a result of a traffic stop by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office on September 21, 2010, McCarter, accompanied by Ivey, was found to be in possession of over a thousand oxycodone pills. McCarter and Ivey both admitted making numerous trips to Florida to obtain pills for resale.

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

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