April 14, 2011
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
JOHNSON CITY MAN CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACIES TO TRAFFIC OXYCODONE PILLS AND LAUNDER MONEY
GREENEVILLE, Tenn.- Following a three day trial in U.S. District Court, Greeneville, a jury convicted Adam McGrath Miller of Johnson City, Tenn., of multiple offenses, including conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone; conspiracy to launder money; and aiding and abetting in the possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone.
Sentencing is set for September 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., in U.S. District Court in Greeneville. Miller faces a sentence of not more than 20 years on all three counts.
Evidence presented at trial revealed that an investigation into a large scale oxycodone distribution ring began in March 2007. In August 2007, two members of the organization were arrested by the Johnson City Police Department and the First Judicial Drug Task Force working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). As a result of those arrests, agents identified numerous members of the organization which was led by Nicholas Raffa of West Palm Beach, Fla. Raffa and others, including the defendant Miller, were responsible for transporting over 100,000 oxycodone pills from Florida to Tennessee where they were distributed in Johnson City and the surrounding area. The price per pill in Johnson City averaged $30 to $80 per pill, resulting in over $3.3 million profit. Money received from the distribution of those pills was then sent back to Florida using various Bank of America accounts and through Western Union and Money Gram transfers. A total of 38 defendants were charged in the conspiracy.
Various co-conspirators identified Miller as one of the early participants in the conspiracy, and someone who distributed part of the first shipment of pills Raffa brought to Tennessee. Miller brokered drug deals for other co-conspirators and assisted in the distribution of pills. In July and August of 2008, Miller sent in excess of $16,000 via Western Union and Money Gram to co-conspirators in Florida who were responsible for receiving the money on Raffa’s behalf. In July and August of 2009, Miller made three trips to Florida to transport pills back to Tennessee. On each trip, Miller returned with 1,000 to 2,000 oxycodone pills taped to his legs to avoid detection. These pills were then distributed by Miller and other co-conspirators in Johnson City.
Law enforcement agencies participating in this joint investigation were the Johnson City Police Department, the First Judicial Drug Task Force, West Palm Beach Florida Sheriff’s Department and the DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Caryn Hebets and Greg Bowman represented the United States.