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Seven Indicted For Drug Charges In Lauderdale County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2012

Memphis, TN – Seven men were charged following the unsealing of a six-count indictment alleging a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana throughout West Tennessee, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.

Cortezmon Jones, 27, of Ripley, TN, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine; one count of conspiring to possess and distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine); one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana; two counts of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine; and one count of conspiracy to possess and marijuana. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 40 years for the first two counts, up to 20 years on the next three counts, and up to five years on the final count.

David Claybrook, 27, of Ripley, TN, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, and one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 40 years for the first count and up to 20 years on the second count.

Maurice Currie, a.k.a “Reece Cup,” 27, of Henning, TN, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, and one count of conspiring to possess and distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine). If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 40 years for each count.

Andrew Leon Yancy, 52, of Dyersburg, TN, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 40 years.

Milton Powell, 34, of Cordova, TN, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Christopher Joe Younger, a.k.a “Joey,” 30, of Ripley, TN, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Jeffery Lynn King, a.k.a “Taco,” 27, of Ridgely, TN, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the West Tennessee Violent Crimes Task Force, specifically representatives from the FBI, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Dyersburg Police Department, and the Dyer County Sheriff's Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Whitmore 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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