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25 PEOPLE CHARGED WITH FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2011

Memphis, Tenn - Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and Brian Chambers, Resident Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Memphis office,
announced today the unsealing of two indictments charging 25 defendants with involvement in drug
conspiracies and other drug crimes in the Western District of Tennessee.

On July 20, 2011, a federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee returned a one count indictment charging
14 individuals with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
According to the indictment, between November 2009 and December 2010, Vernon Taylor, age 41; Andre Dugger, age 41; Barry Collier, age 56; Tony Stephenson, age 39; Richard Bell III, age 43; Johnson
McBride, age 52; Quinton Sykes, age 28; Marlon Dawson, age 33; Larry Johnson, age 40; Michael Gary,
age 39; Roderick Mathis, age 35; Earl Braden, age 38; James Bowens, age 43; and Herman Young, age
22, conspired with each other and others to possess with intent to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of
marijuana, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. A violation of this statute carries a potential penalty of between
ten years and life imprisonment, and a potential fine of $10,000,000, plus five years supervised release.

On October 18, 2011, a federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee returned a four count superseding
indictment charging an additional 11 individuals with the conspiracy charged in the July 2011 indictment.
According to the indictment, between November 2009 and December 2010, Patrick Armstrong, age 36;
Curtis Brown, age 36; Martin Perry, age 25; Brandon Taylor, age 25; Ladelrick Moore, age 30; Demario
Cleaves, age 31; Daniel Gallegos, age 48; Carmelo Estrada, age 49; Jonathan Foster, age 25; Herbert
Byers, age 50; and Eric Johnson, age 35, conspired with each other and others to possess with intent to
distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. A violation of this statute
carries a potential penalty of between ten years and life imprisonment, and a potential fine of $10,000,000, plus five years supervised release.

According to Count Two of the indictment, on April 8, 2010, Patrick Armstrong possessed with the intent
to distribute and distributed fifty grams of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). A
violation of this statute carries a potential penalty of between five and 40 years imprisonment, a potential
fine of $5,000,000, plus four years supervised release.

Count Three of the indictment charges both Vernon Taylor and Eric Johnson on April 8, 2010, with aiding
and abetting the other in the use of a communication facility, namely a telephone in the possession of
Johnson, to facilitate the commission of the distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to
distribute controlled substances, all in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 843(b). A violation of this statute carries
a potential penalty of not more than 4 years imprisonment and fines of up to $250,000, plus two years
supervised release.

According to Count Four of the indictment, between October of 2010 and July of 2011, Eric Johnson had
knowledge of the actual commission of a felony, that is the conspiracy involving the distribution of and
possession with the intent to distribute of at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, and did conceal and not
make this fact known, by not revealing his knowledge that Vernon Taylor conspired to distribute and
possessed with intent to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 4. A
violation of this statute carries potential penalties of not more than three years, fines of up to $250,000,
plus a three year mandatory term of supervised release.

This nearly two year investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force,
which is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement officials within the Western District of
Tennessee. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Pritchard and Jerry
Kitchen.


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Note: An indictment is a form of accusation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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