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July 24, 2014

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Forty-Two Individuals Arrested For Conspiracy To Manufacture Methamphetamine

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- A federal grand jury in Knoxville returned five separate indictments on July 16, 2014, against 59 individuals involved in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Those indicted include:

Randy N. Smith, 48, Caryville, Tenn.; Jeffrey S. Meadows, 34, LaFollette, Tenn.; Rebecca J. Burress, 31, Lake City, Tenn.; Robert W. Brumitt, 40, LaFollette, Tenn.; Carla D. Boshears, 21, LaFollette, Tenn.; Jason R. McKamey, 31, Lake City, Tenn.; Jill L. Higdon, 34, Lake City, Tenn.; Michael D. Leach, 44, Jacksboro, Tenn.; Sherri A. Elliot, 52, Caryville, Tenn.; Danny R. Phillips, 57, Caryville, Tenn.; Roger L. Moser, 34, Lake City, Tenn.; Joseph D. Harmon, 30, LaFollette, Tenn.; James Tyler Tomblin, 20, LaFollette, Tenn.; Michael J. Gill, 39, Lake City, Tenn.; Tiffany D. Bean, 24, Clinton, Tenn.; Samuel D. Miracle, 31, Briceville, Tenn.; Dustin A. Martin, 32, Clinton, Tenn.; Jonita L. Moore, 30, Briceville, Tenn.; Joseph L. O’Dell, 35, Jacksboro, Tenn.; David W. O’Dell, 36, Caryville, Tenn.; Kristen N. Vanover, 26, Briceville, Tenn.; James R. Golden, Jr., 37, Briceville, Tenn.; Starla Vella-Rae Boshears, 42, LaFollette, Tenn.; Amber B. Boshears, 24, LaFollette, Tenn.; Gina A. Austin, 36, Clinton, Tenn.; Danny R. Elliot, 30, Lake City, Tenn.; Dennis W. Leinart, 40, Briceville, Tenn.; Robert N. Hicks, 44, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Amy M. Lowe, 35, LaFollette, Tenn.; Angela N. Bond, 22, Clinton, Tenn.; Virgie D. Hall, 30, Caryville, Tenn.; Katherine G. Wright, 39, Jackboro, Tenn.; Kassondra D. Lumley, 42, Jacksboro, Tenn.; Scott K. Duncan, 45, Clinton, Tenn.; Mary M. Coker, 46, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Marsha L. Hill, 40, Jacksboro, Tenn.; Sheila D. Rice, 41, Jackboro, Tenn.; Wanda A. Hurst, 41, LaFollette, Tenn.; Rhonda D. Bailey, 28, Andersonville, Tenn.; Stewart H. Ridenour, 34, Andersonville, Tenn.; and, Penny L. Lane, 44, LaFollette, Tenn.

In addition, Smith, Meadows, Burress, Brumitt, Carla Boshears, McKamey, Higdon, Leach, Sherri Elliot, Phillips, Moser, Joseph Harmon, Bean, Joseph O’Dell, David O’Dell, Golden, Jr., Starla Boshears, Danny Elliot, Leinart, Lowe, and Bailey, were indicted for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

All of these individuals appeared in court between July 21, 2014, and July 24, 2014, before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley and pleaded not guilty to the charges in the indictment.

The investigation has shown that individuals involved were purchasing pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies and using that pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine at various locations in Anderson and Campbell counties.

If convicted, all face a minimum and mandatory term of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life, a maximum fine of $10,000,000.00, and a term of supervised release of at least five years. All also face mandatory court assessments.

This indictment is the result of a multi-agency investigation including Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, LaFollette Police Department, Lake City Police Department, Oak Ridge Police Department, 7th Judicial Drug Task Force, 8th Judicial Drug Task Force, TBI, 7th Judicial District Attorney General; 8th Judicial District Attorney General, U.S. Marshals Service, Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force, Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Caryn L. Hebets will represent the United States.

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.

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