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Casey Hannah Howen Sentenced to Serve 14 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee
Howren admitted to distributing between 1.5 and 4.5 kilograms of Methamphetamine, primarily in Greene and Washington Counties

            Greeneville, Tenn. – Casey Hannah Howren, 27, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, was sentenced on July 8, 2019, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, Senior U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 14 years in federal prison.  Federal sentences cannot be considered for parole.


Howren pleaded guilty in December 2018 for conspiring with Pedro Cortez Gomez and Kayla Leanne Reaves to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine.


            Pedro Cortez-Gomez, 36, of Greeneville, Tennessee, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced on April 29, 2019, by Judge Greer to serve 15 years in federal prison.


            Kayla Leanne Reaves, 25, of Afton, Tennessee, was sentenced by Judge Greer on April 22, 2019, to serve 41 months in prison.


            Agencies involved in this investigation included the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Johnson City Police Department, FBI, ATF and DEA. J. Christian Lampe and Robert M. Reeves, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, represented the United States in court proceedings.              


This case was a result of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s drug supply reduction strategy. OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.


Updated October 7, 2019

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