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Federal, State, And Local Effort Yields 41 Indictments
For Drugs, Firearms, And Counterfeiting
In Obion And Weakley Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2014

Jackson, TN – At least 36 individuals were arrested today in Obion and Weakley Counties as part of a combined federal, state, and local investigation of criminal activity in the area, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III; ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton; and 27th District Attorney General Thomas A. Thomas.

Twelve federal indictments were unsealed today accusing 18 individuals of a variety of charges, including illegal firearm possession, illegal drug trafficking, and counterfeiting. In addition to those charged federally, General Thomas’s office announced 22 indictments were returned naming 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.

John Barnett III, 27, of Martin, TN, is charged with three counts of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine), one count of distribution of less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Edwynn Taylor, 28, of Martin, TN, is charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine).

Charles Macklin, 41, of Martin, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine), one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine), and one count of distribution of cocaine.

Peter Graves, 36, of Martin, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine and one count of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

Eric West, 24, of Martin, TN, is charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine and two counts of distribution of less than 50 kilograms of marijuana.

Terrence Carter, 24, of Martin, TN is charged with one count of distribution of less than 50 kilograms of marijuana.

Johnson Davis, 30, of Martin, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine.

Tony Darnell Edwards, a/k/a Tony Darnell Scott, 41, of Martin, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine) and one count of distribution of cocaine.

Emanuel Ray Harris, 36, of Martin, TN, is charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

James Courtney Shane, 31, of Martin, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

Dante Brock, 33, of Martin, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

Laquinte Ingram, 36, of Union City, TN, is charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

Cedric Jones, 34, of Bradford, TN is charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

Cory Gentry, 40, of Union City, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine) and one count of distribution of cocaine.

Robbin Jones, 34, of Martin, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine) and one count of distribution of cocaine.

Ricky Booker, 24, of Martin, TN, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine.

Anthony Brown, 29, of Martin, TN, is charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

Christopher Mitchell, 24, and Laura Petty 27, of Union City, TN, are each charged with one count of counterfeiting Federal Reserve Notes.

More than 100 individuals from law enforcement agencies across West Tennessee assisted in the early morning takedown, including FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Marshal’s Service, U.S. Secret Service, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Tennessee Highway Patrol, 27th Judicial Drug Task Force, Martin Police Department, Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, Union City Police Department, Obion County Sheriff’s Department, Milan Police Department, Dyersburg Police Department, Jackson Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office SWAT.

This case is being investigated by the ATF, the FBI, the TBI, the Martin Police Department, the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, the Union City Police Department, and the Obion County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Vic Ivy, James Powell, and Matt Wilson are 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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