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September 20, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Greeneville Man Sentenced On Oxycodone Conspiracy Charge

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Steven Bailey, 49, of Greeneville, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 103 months in federal prison for his participation in a conspiracy responsible for the distribution of large quantities of oxycodone in the Eastern District of Tennessee. Bailey appeared before the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Bailey was the former owner and operator of a Greeneville clothing store, Total Fashions, for approximately two years leading up to his arrest in June 2011. During the time Bailey operated Total Fashions, he was also obtaining quantities of oxycodone from co-defendant Frankie L. Crum, 29, of Greeneville, Tenn., and re-selling the pills to his own customer base in the area. Bailey stipulated to conspiring to distribute at least 1,500 oxycodone pills in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

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

United States Attorney William C. Killian stated, “The arrest and conviction in this case resulted in the elimination of large quantities of oxycodone being distributed in the Eastern District of Tennessee. I want to thank Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor and the federal and state law enforcement agencies who worked together to bring these individuals to justice.”

This case was part of the Department of Justice’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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