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April 3, 2014

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Gary Eugene Teague Sentenced To Serve 200 Months In Prison For Conspiring To Distribute Oxycodone

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Gary Eugene Teague, 45, of Newport, Tenn., was sentenced on Apr. 1, 2014, by the Honorable Leon Jordan, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 200 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute oxycodone. Upon his release from prison, Teague will be subject to supervised release under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for six years. There is no parole in the federal system.

Teague and nine others were named in an eight-count indictment in December 2012, charging them with drug trafficking of oxycodone. The charges initiated from a lengthy investigation of individuals who traveled to numerous pain clinics throughout Tennessee to obtain oxycodone to distribute in eastern Tennessee. The total conspiracy involved over 1 million milligrams of oxycodone, which is the equivalent of over 30,000 dose units of 30 milligram oxycodone tablets.

All 10 individuals charged in the indictment have now been convicted and Teague was the next to last to be sentenced. A sentencing hearing for Billy Webb is scheduled for June 24, 2014.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian commended the law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation and stated, “We appreciate the collaborative efforts of the law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to investigate these types of offenses and aggressively prosecute those who traffic prescription drugs and the ‘pill mills’ that supply drug trafficking organizations,” stated Killian.

This investigation was the result of a joint investigation by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Kerney-Quillen represented the United States.

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