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Federal Drug Trafficking Indictment Names 17
Suspects In West Tennessee

November 1, 2012

Jackson, TN – United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and Brian Chambers, Resident Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, announced the unsealing of an indictment charging 17 suspects with federal drug trafficking violations. The suspects were arrested on Thursday during a round-up of drug suspects by multiple federal (DEA, FBI, ATF, and USMS), state (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol), and local law enforcement agencies (Jackson Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Department).

The indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in Jackson, Tennessee, on October 15, 2012, contained counts charging violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

The individuals indicted were:

• Garrick D. Cole, 41, Jackson, TN
• Brandon K. Yarborough, 30, Jackson, TN
• Christopher D. Williamson, 35, Jackson, TN
• Demond D. McKinnie, 36, Jackson, TN
• Deon L. Ellison, 29, Jackson, TN
• Herby K. Martin, 44, Oakfield, TN
• Jarvis T. Emerson, 23, Humboldt, TN
• Jonathan A. Patterson, 28, Humboldt, TN
• Kenneth M Price, Jr., 30, Jackson, TN
• Robert L. Cole, 37, Milan, TN
• Scottie D. King, 36, Huntingdon, TN
• Titus L. King, 36, Bells, TN
• Torey O. Deberry, 32, Denmark, TN
• Tracey L. Jones, 35, Jackson, TN
• Travis M. Wilson, 27, Memphis, TN
• J.W. Robinson, 48, Milan, TN
• Willie T. Ransey, 33, Murray, Kentucky

The charges in the indictment stem from the illegal activity of selling, manufacturing and distributing cocaine and cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, and go as far back as February 2012.

Each of the 17 suspects was charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and sell more than 280 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine) and cocaine and one count of aiding and abetting the manufacture, possession and distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine. On Count One (conspiracy) each faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000 or both. In addition, if any of the individuals has been convicted of a previous drug felony, they would be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years to life in prison, a fine of $20,000,000 or both.

In addition, Cole was indicted on three additional counts of distributing 28 grams of crack cocaine and one additional count of aiding and abetting the manufacture, possession and distribution of crack cocaine. During the investigation, undercover law enforcement officials made four controlled purchases of crack cocaine.

This case was investigated by members of the West Tennessee Drug Task Force and members of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the DEA. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matt Wilson on behalf of the government.

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The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and
the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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