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September 5, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Tennessee Highway Patrol Interdiction Stop Results In Five Year Federal Prison Sentence For Elizabethton Man

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Ronald E. Paris, Jr., 24, of Elizabethton, Tenn., was sentenced on September 5, 2012, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve five years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”). Paris pleaded guilty to these charges in January 2012. There is no parole in the federal system.

In April 2011 Paris placed cocaine base (“crack”) in the trunk of a rental car with the intent to drive from Chattanooga to Elizabethton, Tenn., where he planned to distribute it. The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped his car near Interstate 81 mile marker 54 in Sullivan County, Tenn., and found Paris to be in possession of 126.3 grams of cocaine base (“crack”). Paris admitted he was making money by buying drugs in Chattanooga and reselling them in the Elizabethton area.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Paris was the result of an investigation conducted by the THP Criminal Interdiction Unit, assisted by the Elizabethton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen C.T. Smith represented the United States.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian commended the THP Criminal Interdiction Unit and the Elizabethton Police Department for their work in this case and noted their importance in the effort to stop drug trafficking in and through the Eastern District of Tennessee.

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