November 15, 2011
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Nashville Gangsta Crip Gang Member Sentenced to over 51 Years for Leading Drug Trafficking Conspiracy in Greene and Hamblen Counties
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Lynce "Trey Ball" Foster, 34, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 622 months (51.8 years) in prison in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. Foster was convicted at trial in February 2009, of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, multiple counts of distribution of cocaine, using a firearm while distributing cocaine, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Federal sentences are not parolable.
Evidence at trial showed that Foster was the subject of a drug trafficking investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and Morristown Police Department. During the conspiracy, Foster ordered the kidnapping and robbery of a male drug trafficker. The kidnapped man was forced to reveal the location of a stash house in Greene County, Tenn. Members of the organization then proceeded to the stash house where they took $30,000 in cash, over a kilogram of cocaine, and several pounds of marijuana. The kidnapped drug trafficker, after being beaten, was released by one of the co-conspirators, although Foster ordered him killed. The man was found by a trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) walking along Highway 11-E wearing nothing but a t-shirt.
Evidence was also presented that Lynce "Trey Ball" Foster, a member of the "Gangsta Crip" street gang and a fellow conspirator abandoned a pickup truck in Morristown. The truck was found to contain what the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Laboratory determined to be 225 grams of cocaine. One firearm was found inside the truck and another located nearby. Based on prior aggravated robbery convictions in Davidson and Wilson counties in Tennessee, Foster was determined to be a career offender by Judge Greer.
The indictment and subsequent conviction of Foster was the result of the combined efforts of the ATF and Morristown Police Department, assisted by THP and Greene County Sheriff's Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Reeves and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Whittemore represented the United States.
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian noted, "Foster is the kind of violent repeat offender that requires the effort of all law enforcement to eliminate from the communities they victimize. I would like to commend the ATF, Morristown Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, and the THP for their success in protecting the public from a violent gang member."
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.