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Memphis Man Sentenced To 210 Months On
Drug Conspiracy And Gun Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2014

Memphis, TN – Lewis Gibson, 29, of Memphis, TN, was sentenced yesterday to 210 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.

According to facts alleged in the indictment and revealed during court hearings, officers with the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit received a tip that Gibson was selling a large amount of cocaine from his residence. Surveillance by the officers revealed a large amount of foot traffic consistent with illegal drug sales.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers detained Gibson and searched his home, where they recovered cocaine base (crack), heroin, powder cocaine, $10,000 in cash, and a .357 caliber pistol, in addition to other items.

On August 22, 2013, Gibson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. In addition to the 210 month sentence for conspiracy to distribute, U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson sentenced Gibson to a concurrent term of 120 months for firearms possession. Gibson will further be required to serve four years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

This case was investigated by the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Kitchen represented the government.

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This case was prosecuted under the authority of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program. OCDETF was established in 1982 to mount a comprehensive attack against organized drug traffickers. Today, the OCDETF Program is the centerpiece of the United States Attorney General’s drug strategy to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, money laundering organizations and related criminal enterprises.

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