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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dennis Keith Gibbons Jr. Sentenced To 210 Months In Prison On Oxycodone Conspiracy Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Sept. 22, 2014, Dennis Keith Gibbons Jr., 37, of Elizabethton, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 210 months in federal prison for his leadership role in an oxycodone conspiracy centered in and around the Carter County, Tennessee area.

According to the plea agreement on file with the U.S. District Court, Gibbons stipulated that he conspired to distribute a conservative estimate of 12,500 (30 milligram) oxycodone pills in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere. He admitted to obtaining and distributing oxycodone pills from a pain clinic in Georgia since 2011. Thereafter, he sent seven individuals to Georgia to obtain pills for him, while another four individuals were selling oxycodone pills for him in Tennessee.

After the pain clinic was shut down, Gibbons began obtaining oxycodone pills from a different source of supply in Georgia. He and/or his father, a co-defendant in the conspiracy, began making weekly trips, getting anywhere from 500 to 1000 (30 milligram) oxycodone pills per trip for at least three months. Gibbons kept and sold some of these pills, but gave most of them to his father and others to sell in the Carter County, Tennessee area.

An individual working on behalf of law enforcement purchased quantities of oxycodone pills from Gibbons on five separate occasions. Officers also purchased various quantities of oxycodone pills on 13 separate occasions from his father.

In July 2013, a federal search warrant was executed at Gibbons’ residence where a shotgun, ammunition, two baggies containing approximately 79 oxycodone pills and approximately $9100 in cash were found.

Gibbons’ father, Dennis Keith Gibbons, Sr., 63, pleaded guilty in July 2014 and sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 3, 2014, before the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent conviction of Gibbons include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and First Judicial District Drug Task Force, all of which provided invaluable assistance during the course of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the United States.

Updated March 18, 2015