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Mecos Oliver Sentenced To 292 Months In Prison
For Heroin Distribution

June 13, 2012

Memphis, TN - Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of
Tennessee, announced today that defendant Mecos Oliver, age 30, was sentenced on June 12,
2012, to 292 months (24 years, 4 months) in prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute
heroin, as well as possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

On August 11, 2010, a federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee indicted Mecos Oliver and 21
other individuals with conspiracy to possess heroin with the intent to distribute, from in or about
June 2008 to in or about August 2010, all in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. Mecos Oliver was
also individually indicted for possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it on or about April
27, 2010 and May 19, 2010, all in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). A violation of § 846 and §
841(a)(1) carries a potential penalty of not more than 20 years imprisonment, and a potential fine
of $1,000,000, plus three years supervised release.

On January 9, 2012, Mecos Oliver pled guilty to the aforementioned charges, and on June 12,
2012, a sentencing hearing was held before the Honorable Samuel H. Mays, Jr., District Judge
for the Western District of Tennessee. During the course of the sentencing hearing, the evidence
demonstrated that Mecos Oliver was a leader of the drug organization under indictment, and that
the organization distributed in excess of four kilograms of heroin in the Memphis area. Mecos
Oliver was ultimately sentenced to 292 months imprisonment.

The nearly year and a half long investigation resulting in Mecos Oliver’s conviction and sentence
was jointly conducted by the Collierville Police Department, Bartlett Police Department,
Memphis Police Department, Germantown Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office,
West Tennessee Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration Memphis High
Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by United States
Attorney Daniel T. French and Special Assistant United States Attorney Chris Scruggs.

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