22 People Charged with Heroin Trafficking
Memphis, TN - Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and Brian Chambers, Resident Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration’s Memphis office, announced today the unsealing of a thirty count indictment charging twenty-two defendants with the unlawful distribution of heroin in the Western District of Tennessee.
On August 11, 2010, a federal grand jury returned a sealed thirty count indictment charging twenty-two Memphis, Tennessee residents with drug trafficking charges. According to the indictment, between June 2008 and August 2010, Andre Jackson, a/k/a, “Dre,” age 26; Anthony Jackson, a/k/a “Boo,” age 29; Terry Oliver, a/k/a “Kilo,” age 37; David Oliver, a/k/a “Da-wayne,” and Dirty,” age 43; Mecos Oliver, age 28; Angelo Sharp, a/k/a “Lo,” age 25; Sammy Sharp, age 36; Charles Smith, age 36; Randy Newberry, a/k/a “Scooter,” age 29; Kaveen Maxwell, a/k/a “Tattoo,” age 28; Marcus Jackson, a/k/a “CB,” age 30; Calvin Jackson, a/k/a “Allah,” age 48; Damien Wright, a/k/a “Dirty,” age 29, Walter Echols, a/k/a “Mike,” and “Lil Lee,” age 27, Horatio Robinson, a/k/a “Tweet,” age 32; Deandre Conner, a/k/a “Shawn,” age 25; Ronald Taylor, a/k/a “Ron-Hon, age 38; Shane Hawkins, a/k/a “Red,” age 21; Ashley Merriweather, age 23; Shenarvia Balfour, age 31; Miranda Bearden, age 36; and John Johnson, a/k/a “Jon Jon,” age 50; did conspire with each other, and with others, to possess heroin with the intent to distribute and to distribute heroin, a Schedule I Controlled Substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. A violation of this statute carries a potential penalty of not more than twenty years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of not less than three years. If a defendant has a prior drug felony conviction which has become final, then a violation of the conspiracy statute is punishable by a term of not more than thirty years of imprisonment, a maximum fine of $2,000,000, plus a term of not supervised release of not less six years. There is no parole in the federal system, and federal prisoners must serve a minimum of 85 percent of any prison sentence imposed by the district court.
The indictment also charges several of the defendants with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). The potential penalty for each of these counts is twenty years imprisonment, a fine of $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least three years. If a defendant has a prior drug felony conviction which has become final, then each violation of the statute is punishable by a term of thirty years of imprisonment, a maximum fine of $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least six years. In addition to being charged in the indictment with conspiracy, the following defendants were also charged with substantive violations in the indictment: Andre Jackson in counts 2, 5, 6, 18, and 19; Anthony Jackson in count 29; Terry Oliver in counts 23 and 24; David Oliver in counts 22, 23, and 27; Mecos Oliver in counts 25, and 26; Angelo Sharp in counts 3, 4, 5, 12, 19, and 28; Sammy Sharp in count 30; Charles Smith in count 30; Randy Newberry in counts 7, 8, and 9; Kaveen Maxwell in count 21; Marcus Jackson in counts 10 and 11; Calvin Jackson in count 13; Damien Wright in counts 14 and 16; Walter Echols in count 15; Horatio Robinson in count 17; Deandre Conner in count 18; and Ashley Merriweather in count 20. All the violations charged in counts 2 through 30 of the indictment occurred between June of 2008 through August of 2010.
On Wednesday, August 25, 2010, law enforcement officers executed federal search warrants, resulting in the seizure of multiple firearms, multiple vehicles, and substantial cash as well as quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana.
According to Ed Stanton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office recognizes the serious problems caused by heroin use and trafficking, and our office is committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting heroin traffickers.”
“Heroin use and abuse continue to be a problem throughout the United States,” said Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Today’s enforcement actions have stopped this organization from distributing this insidious drug in the greater Memphis area and is an excellent example of what may be accomplished utilizing federal, state and local resources to investigate and prosecute these dangerous drug trafficking organizations.”
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with detectives from the Memphis Police Department, the Collierville Police Department, the Germantown Police Department, the Bartlett Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. The lead investigators in the case are Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officers Mike Chipman, John Rada and Cameron Hill. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Greg Gilluly.
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Note: An indictment is a form of accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.