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October 29, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Northeast Tennessee Residents Arrested For Drug, Firearms, And Money Laundering Violations

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Gregory Allen Rhea, 37, of Morristown, Gerald Glenn Horner, 35, of Mooresburg, Joey Wayne Vanover, 35, of Tazewell, Kera Leann Green, 23, of Whitesburg, Johnny Wayne Neeley, 38, of Sneedville, Kerry Glenn Nelson, 42, of Morristown, Kimberly Ann Vanover, 37, of Tazewell, Ricky Allen “Rooster” Seal, 46, of Morristown, Tamara Michelle Moles, 44, of Mooresburg, and Ricky Tim Collins, 47, of Bean Station, were arrested on October 29, 2012, after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges involving drug trafficking, firearms violations, and money laundering. Ryan Michael Guesford, 39, of Morristown, was also named in the indictment and was already in custody on unrelated charges.

Horner, Joey Vanover, Kimberly Vanover, Moles, and Collins each made their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman on Oct. 29, 2012, and were temporarily detained pending detention hearings scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Oct. 31, 2012, 9:00 a.m., Nov. 1, 2012, and 2:00 p.m., Nov. 1, 2012.

The remaining individuals are also temporarily detained and are scheduled for initial appearance at 9:00 a.m., Oct. 30, 2012, with detention hearings to be scheduled. An additional individual, Ashley Nicole Gray Patterson, 28, of Morristown, is a fugitive on these charges.

The 18-count indictment charges these individuals with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II drug. They along with others are alleged to have traveled by commercial airlines and automobiles to Florida, as well as within the Eastern District of Tennessee, to obtain oxycodone and other drugs for distribution in eastern Tennessee. The indictment also charges Rhea, Horner, Green, and Patterson with conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine. Rhea, Guesford, Joey Vanover, and Kimberly Vanover are charged with distribution of oxycodone on nine occasions in 2011-2012. Rhea is also charged with maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, possessing firearms, including a machinegun, in furtherance of the drug trafficking crimes, being in possession of firearms while an unlawful user or addict of controlled substances, and attempted money laundering.

If convicted: Rhea faces up to life in prison and fines of up to $27,250,000; Horner faces up to 70 years in prison and fines of up to $7,000,000; Guesford faces up to 60 years in prison and fines of up to $4,000,000; Joey Vanover faces up to 120 years in prison and fines of up to $8,000,000; Green faces up to 75 years in prison and fines of up to $7,250,000; Kimberly Vanover faces up to 60 years in prison and fines of up to $4,000,000; and Collins, Neeley, Nelson, Moles, and Seal each face up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $2,000,000.

This investigation was joint effort of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Morristown Police Department. In addition, the U.S. Marshals Service, DEA Task Force officers, Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, and Sheriff’s Offices of Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hamblen, and Hawkins counties all assisted with today’s arrests. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Kerney-Quillen will represent the United States.

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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