September 28, 2012
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Twenty-nine Indicted For Gun And Drug Violations
At Least 16 Are Identified With Local Gangs
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A federal grand jury in Chattanooga has returned indictments on twenty-five Chattanooga residents and four Marion County residents on charges of distributing, and conspiracy to distribute, various illegal drugs, and illegal possession of firearms. Many of these defendants have been arraigned and have entered pleas of not guilty before Magistrate Judges William Carter and Susan Lee. Trials are set for December 3, 2012, and December 4, 2012, for many of these defendants. Trial dates have not yet been set in all cases. Those indicted are: Raphael Ar-Rahmaan; Joshua Ausberry; Johnny Barbour; Stephen Beasley; Michael Cal; Izaac Coffelt; Mario Common; Quantez Davis; Spencer Easting; Michael Evans; Alfred Ford; Lewande Haggard; Eric James; Yolanda King; Gregory Lewis; Rodriguez McGlockton; Brandon Morris; Cortney Nelson; Quinlin Newby; Cedric Paige; Brandon Pollard; Damien Powell; Jermaine Shepheard; Jodero Spears; Terrence Sterling; Adam Vogelmeier; Tyron Walker; Pamela Walters; and Alfred Wells
Four Chattanooga and one Marion County residents remain at large: Alfred Ford, Quinlin Newby, Cortney Nelson, and Brandon Morris of Chattanooga and Pamela Walters of Marion County. Members of the public are asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S.Marshals Service or ATF if they have any information on the location of these defendants.
If convicted, defendants could face terms maximum terms of incarceration of up to life in prison, fines in excess of $2,000,000 and life on supervised release.
Remarks of U.S. Attorney William C. “Bill” Killian at a press conference on September 28, 2012 accompany this press release as an attachment. Copies of the indictments are available through the clerk of the U.S. District Court.
These indictments are the result of joint investigations by the Chattanooga Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chris Poole, Gregg Sullivan, Jay Woods, Terra Bay and Anne-Marie Svolto will represent the United States in these cases. Associated charges against more than 20 additional co-defendants will be prosecuted by the office of 11th Judicial District Attorney William “Bill” Cox on behalf of the State of Tennessee.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.