June 12, 2013
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Detroit Drug Dealer Sentenced To 240 Months In Prison For Transporting Oxycodone To The Tri-Cities.
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Qwindel Jerome Page, 28, of Detroit, Mich., was sentenced on June 12, 2013, by the Honorable J, Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 240 months in federal prison. Page was convicted of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, conspiracy to commit money laundering and possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute.
Beginning in 2007, agents with the Second Judicial Drug Task Force, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Division, investigated and gathered evidence of drug traffickers bringing oxycodone from Detroit, Mich. to the Tri-Cities area. Evidence presented at trial showed that Page acquired oxycodone in Michigan and recruited individuals in Detroit to act as couriers to transport the illegal drugs to East Tennessee where the drugs would be resold. Page directed a group of individuals in Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol who assisted him in selling oxycodone and wire transferring the proceeds back to Detroit. He also used buses, rental cars and commercial airlines to transport the drugs to Tennessee and money back to Detroit.
In November 2012, following a three day trial, Page was found guilty on all counts of a superseding indictment that charged him with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, conspiracy to commit money laundering and possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Regalia represented the United States.
The investigation is a result of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s drug supply reduction strategy. OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.