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December 20, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Greeneville Man Sentenced On Cocaine, Oxycodone, Marijuana And Money Laundering Conspiracy Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Frankie L. Crum, 30, of Greeneville, Tenn., was sentenced to 192 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville. The sentence reflected Crum’s leadership role in a conspiracy responsible for the distribution of cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone. Crum was held responsible for the distribution of approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine, 20,000 oxycodone pills and 1,300 kilograms of marijuana, and laundering proceeds from his drug sales in the Eastern District of Tennessee. In addition, Crum will also forfeit four tracts of real property in Limestone and Greeneville, Tenn., as a result of his convictions.

The overall criminal conspiracy operated from 2005 through 2011. Crum obtained kilogram quantities of cocaine and bulk quantities of marijuana from numerous sources, which he then distributed to numerous individuals in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere. On six different occasions, between 2009 and 2011, Crum sold cocaine to an undercover agent or a confidential informant working on behalf of law enforcement. In 2008, officers in Hamblen County searched a camper and located over one kilogram of cocaine and over 173 pounds of marijuana belonging to Crum and a co-conspirator.

In late 2009, Crum learned he could make more profit by selling oxycodone pills. He thereafter supplied money to co-conspirators to fund trips to various pain clinics across the southeast region to obtain large quantities of oxycodone. This oxycodone was brought back to the Eastern District of Tennessee and distributed by Crum and others

In February 2010, co-defendant Billy Gene Taylor, 35, was pulled over by Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) officers. A search of his vehicle on this date revealed over 140 pounds of marijuana in the trunk that Taylor was transporting from Memphis, Tenn., to Greene County, Tennessee for Crum, who intended to redistribute it. Taylor was previously sentenced by U. S. District Court Judge Greer to 144 months for his role in the conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney William C. Killian stated,“Our prosecutors and the federal and state law enforcement agencies did a great job of working together to obtain and present the evidence in this case. The arrest and conviction in this case resulted in the elimination of large quantities of cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana being distributed in the Eastern District of Tennessee. I want to thank all those involved in bringing Crum to justice.”

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation which led to indictment and subsequent conviction of Crum and others in the conspiracy include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Office, THP, Tennessee Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, Washington County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, Morristown Tennessee Police Department and Greene County Tennessee Sheriffs Officee, all of which provided invaluable assistance during the course of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the United States at trial.

This case was part of the Department's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) programs. OCDETF is the primary weapon of the United States against the highest level drug trafficking organizations operating within the United States, importing drugs into the United States, or laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking. The HIDTA program enhances and coordinates drug control efforts among local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies. The program provides agencies with coordination, equipment, technology, and additional resources to combat drug trafficking and its harmful consequences in critical regions of the United States.

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