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November 28, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Greeneville Man Sentenced On Oxycodone and Marijuana Conspiracy Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - On Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge J. Ronnie Greer sentenced Frankie D. Crum, 35, of Greeneville, Tenn., to serve 100 months in federal prison for his participation in a conspiracy responsible for the distribution of large quantities of oxycodone and marijuana in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Frankie D. Crum and his cousin Frankie L. Crum participated in a large number of organized trips to various pain clinics with other co-conspirators across the southeast region of the United States to illegally obtain oxycodone pills. These pills were then transported back to the Greeneville, Tenn., area and sold. Frankie D. Crum stipulated that he was accountable for a conservative estimate of 1,750 oxycodone pills and 150 pounds of marijuana. Frankie L. Crum is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19, 2012.

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, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, Washington County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, Morristown Tennessee Police Department and Greene County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the United States.

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 a conviction in this case, which resulted in the elimination of large quantities of oxycodone and marijuana being distributed in the Eastern District of Tennessee. I want to thank all those involved in bringing this individual to justice.”

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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