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Bradley County Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Methamphetamine Trafficking And Firearm Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On November 10, 2022, Matthew Moore, 40, of Bradley County, Tennessee, was sentenced to 240 months by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Moore agreed to plead guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841 and 846; one count of possessing with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841; and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). Following his term of imprisonment, Moore will be on supervised release for five years.

According to filed court documents, Moore admitted to selling or arranging the sale of methamphetamine and fentanyl. In December 2019, for example, law enforcement learned that a drug courier would be delivering multiple kilograms of ice methamphetamine to Moore at his Bradley County home. Police intercepted the drug courier and found more than two kilograms of methamphetamine. Police also searched Moore’s residence and found, among other things, more than $66,000 in cash, at least 400 fentanyl pills, and other drug paraphernalia. Police also found crossbows and more than 145 firearms.

As part of Moore’s sentence, the court ordered that he pay a $50,000 money judgment and forfeit to the United States the firearms, which include multiple handguns, shotguns, and rifles; a sawed-off shotgun with ornamental woodworking; a Chinese SKS carbine; and a 40 mm M203 grenade launcher.

The criminal indictment was the result of an investigation led by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, in coordination with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office; the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force; and the Cleveland Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorneys Kyle Wilson and Joe DeGaetano represented the United States.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.



Rachelle Barnes
Public Affairs Officer
(865) 545-4167

Updated November 10, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
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