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Group Indicted For Possession
Of Prescription And Illegal Drugs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2014

Memphis, TN – Eighteen individuals were named today in an indictment on a variety of charges involving illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of illegal drugs, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton.

Members of law enforcement from the ATF and the Multi-Agency Gang Unit executed a series of take-downs across Shelby County to apprehend the suspects.

The following individuals are alleged to have conspired to distribute prescription drugs:

Marlon Deshone Quarles, a/k/a “Marlon Patterson,” 41, address unknown;
Saul Williams, a/k/a “Jabo,” 37, address unknown;
Victor Quarles, a/k/a “Vic,” 29, Cordova, TN;
Brandon Powell, 26, address unknown;
Zack Patterson, 63, Memphis, TN;
Walter Echols, 31, address unknown;
Maurice Woodard, 26, Memphis, TN;
Christopher Munn, 28, address unknown;
Troy Stephenson, 29, Bartlett, TN;
Antonio Humphries, 32, address unknown;
Bobby Griffin, a/k/a/ “Unc,” 45, address unknown;
Michelle Carlson, 31, Horn Lake, MS;
Jasmine King, 21, address unknown;
Kiara Wright, 22, Memphis, TN;
Latisha Bobo, 26, address unknown; and
Manika Shelby, 22, address unknown.

The group is specifically charged with conspiring to do the following:

• Possession with intent to distribute oxycodone (Oxycontin), which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be up to 30 years and a fine of up to $2,000,000;

• Possession with intent to distribute morphine, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be up to 30 years and a fine of up to $2,000,000;

• Possession with intent to distribute Meperidine which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be up to 30 years and a fine of up to $2,000,000;

• Possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone (a/k/a “Lortab”, “Lorcet,” “Tussionex.” “Hydromet,” and “Vicodin”), which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be up to 20 years and a fine of up to $1,000,000;

• Possession with intent to distribute alprazolam (a/k/a “Xanax,” “Xanax bars,” and “bars”), which carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be up to 10 years and a fine of up to $500,000;

• Possession with intent to distribute lorazepam (a/k/a “Ativan”), which carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be up to 10 years and a fine of up to $500,000; and

• Possession with the intent to distribute Carisoprodol (a/k/a Soma), which carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be up to 10 years and a fine of up to $500,0000.

The following individuals are alleged to have conspired to distribute illegal drugs:

Marlon Deshone Quarles, a/k/a “Marlon Patterson,” 41, address unknown;
Saul Williams, a/k/a “Jabo,” 37, address unknown;
Victor Quarles, a/k/a “Vic,” 29, Cordova, TN;
Tyrone Williams, a/k/a “Ty,” age unknown, address unknown;
Brandon Powell, 26, address unknown;
Maurice Woodard, 26, Memphis, TN;
Christopher Munn, 28, address unknown; and
Jacqueline Chambers, a/k/a “Jackie,” age unknown, address unknown.

The group is specifically charged with conspiring to do the following:

• Possession with intent to distribute up to 500 grams of cocaine, which carries a penalty of at least 5 years in prison up to a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be at least 10 years in prison up to life and a fine of up to $8,000,000 and;

• Possession with intent to distribute up to 100 kilograms of marijuana, which carries a penalty of at least 5 years in prison up to a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of
up to $5,000,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be at least 10 years in prison up to life and a fine of up to $8,000,000.


Victor Quarles is also charged with three counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and Christopher Munn is also charged with two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Each charge carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, unless the defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, in which case the penalty would be up to 10 years and a fine of up to $500,000.

This case was investigated by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, which is comprised of members of federal, state, and local law enforcement including the United States Attorney’s Office; the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office; the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office; the Memphis Police Department; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Whitmore 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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