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Federal State, And, Local Teamwork Nets 38 Indictments
For Illegal Prescription Drug Sales, Money Laundering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2014

Memphis, TN – At least 28 individuals were arrested today as part of an illegal prescription drug distribution ring, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

A federal indictment was unsealed today accusing 15 individuals of money laundering and distribution of Dilaudid and Oxycodone. In addition to those charged federally, General Weirich’s office announced the indictments of 23 individuals on state charges.

The following individuals were charged by a federal grand jury. The potential penalties each one is facing can be found on the chart attached to this release.

Larry Bailey, aka, “Rock”, 30, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Michael Gholson, 45, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid, one count of distribution of Oxycodone, and one count of money laundering.

Melody Hurtault, 37, of Corona, CA, was charged with one count of money laundering.

Willie Jamerson, 52, of Los Angeles, CA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Corey Jeffries, 40, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Eliado Jimenez, 46, of Los Angeles, CA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Marissa Lewis, 45, of Las Vegas, NV, was charged with one count of money laundering.

Terrence Moore, aka, “Head”, 36, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Milton Murray, 67, of Los Angeles, CA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid, one count of distribution of Oxycodone, and one count of money laundering.

Shira Nickerson, 46, of Terrell, TX, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Shelby Robinson, age unknown, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Frederick Scott, 40, of Corona, CA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid, one count of distribution of Oxycodone, and one count of money laundering.

Marlin White, 32, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Alton Williams, 41, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Victor Wright, 55, of Atlanta, GA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

More than 200 individuals from law enforcement agencies assisted in the early morning takedown, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

This investigation was conducted in conjunction with prosecutors in Memphis as part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program, which seeks to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, money laundering organizations and related criminal enterprises.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, and the Memphis Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Kimbril-Parks is representing 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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