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Partnership Between Federal, State Prosecutors Yields Five Indictments On Drug Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2012

Covington, TN – U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III, District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, and local law enforcement officials today announced a cooperative effort to target career criminals in Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy and Tipton Counties.

“Make no mistake. If you are a criminal who has made a career of preying upon the honest, hardworking citizens in our communities, you will be caught, you will be brought to justice, and ultimately face significant time in federal prison, where there is no parole,” said U.S. Attorney Stanton. “Partnering with General Dunavant’s office will allow us to better coordinate our efforts to get these violent offenders who perpetrate drug and gun crimes off the streets.”

One of the key elements of this effort includes the assignment of Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Gillis to the post of Special Assistant United States Attorney. Gillis will be working specifically with cases from Fayette, Lauderdale, and Tipton Counties.

“I am proud to partner with the U.S. Attorney's Office to target gun and narcotics offenders in our district, in order to hold those persons accountable, deter others who might engage in similar criminal behavior, and to ultimately make our communities safer,” said General Dunavant. "I am pleased to assign Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Gillis as a special federal prosecutor, to work with Mr. Stanton's office in bringing these offenders to justice.”

To highlight this new effort, Stanton and Dunavant announced the federal indictments of five individuals from Tipton and Lauderdale Counties.

James Jarrett, age 40, of Ripley, Tennessee, was charged with two counts of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute and one count of possession of hydrocodone with intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). According to the indictment, Jarrett possessed with intent to distribute and distributed cocaine base (crack cocaine) on March 3 and March 15, 2011. The indictment also charges that Jarrett possessed with intent to distribute and did distribute hydrocodone, a Schedule III substance, on March 15, 2011. Jarrett is subject to a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years on each of the two crack cocaine charges. Under federal sentencing law, a defendant who has a prior felony drug conviction which has become final faces an enhanced penalty of 30 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 6 years. The hydrocodone charge exposes Jarrett to a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, a fine of $500,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 2 years. With a prior felony conviction, that penalty increases to 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years. This case was investigated by Investigators James Jones and Jeff Crowder of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Gillis.

Halliburton Lee Brown, age 31, of Covington, Tennessee, was charged with possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). According to the indictment, the charged offense took place on December 15, 2011. Brown is subject to a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years on the cocaine charge. Under federal sentencing law, a defendant who has a prior felony drug conviction which has become final faces an enhanced penalty of 30 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 6 years. The case was investigated by Sergeant Alan Willis and Officer Tony Doss of the Covington Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Gillis.

David O’Brian Cartwright, age 37, of Covington, Tennessee, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). According to the indictment, the violation took place on January 12, 2012. Cartwright is subject to a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years on the crack cocaine charge. Under federal sentencing law, a defendant who has a prior felony drug conviction which has become final faces an enhanced penalty of 30 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 6 years. The case was investigated by Sergeant Alan Willis and Officer Michael Short of the Covington Police Department and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Gillis.

Timothy Smith, age 29, of Ripley, Tennessee, was charged with possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). According to the indictment, the violation took place on February 7, 2012. Smith is subject to a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years on the crack cocaine charge. Under federal sentencing law, a defendant who has a prior felony drug conviction which has become final faces an enhanced penalty of 30 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 6 years. The case was investigated by Investigators James Jones and Kenneth Richardson of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Gillis.

Danny O’Neal Thompson, age 36, of Halls, Tennessee, was indicted for possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).The indictment charges that the violation took place on September 29, 2011. Thompson is subject to a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years on the crack cocaine charge. Under federal sentencing law, a defendant who has a prior felony drug conviction which has become final faces an enhanced penalty of 30 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 6 years. The case was investigated by the Investigators James Jones and Kenneth Richardson of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office.

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