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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Coffee County Man Sentenced To Serve 262 Months In Prison

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On July 20, 2016, Brian Lee Fielding, a.k.a. “Bull”, 35, of Coffee County, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 262 months in prison by the Honorable Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Judge. 

Fielding pleaded guilty in March 2016 to a federal indictment charging him with, among other things, conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) and 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.   

Information on file with the U.S. District Court, shows that Fielding conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere from January 2015 until at least September 2015.  His role in the conspiracy was to obtain methamphetamine for others to distribute in furtherance of the conspiracy.  As part of his plea agreement, Fielding admitted that he personally distributed one kilogram of methamphetamine (actual) in furtherance of the conspiracy. 

Fielding was classified as a “career offender” under federal law because he had two prior drug trafficking convictions, including a 2009 conviction for distribution of cocaine in Coffee County.  He committed the instant offense shortly after being released from prison on his conviction for distribution of cocaine.  His federal sentence reflected his prior state convictions and the risk of harm his conduct posed to society.  Judge Collier also recommended that Fielding participate in a drug treatment program while he is in prison. 

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Fielding was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Manchester Police Department, Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, Winchester Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Porter represented the United States.


Drug Trafficking
Updated July 20, 2016