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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 26, 2018

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 44 Individuals in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On January 9, 2018, a federal Grand Jury in Greeneville returned a 30-count indictment against the following individuals for their roles in the distribution of methamphetamine:

  • Samuel William Aloisio, 40, of Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Kenneth Lee Sholtz, 49, of Summerville, Georgia
  • Rockcella Nicole Russell, 31, of Summerville, Georgia
  • Troy Dale Sholtz, 54, of Rossville, Georgia
  • Christal Gale Bean, 40 of Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Leslie William Steelman, 47, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee
  • Danielle Marie Coatney, 37, of Townsend, Tennessee
  • Elizabeth Jean Patterson, 22, of Rocky Top, Tennessee
  • Brandon Joseph Thorpe, 33, of Bristol, Tennessee
  • David Henry Estep, Jr., 38, of Church Hill, Tennessee
  • Lisa Carol Weems, 49, of Morristown, Tennessee
  • Timothy Millard Rose, 34, of Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Paul Joseph Whitt, II, 54, of Honaker, Virginia
  • Paul David Borror, 31, of Bristol, Tennessee
  • Jason Abraham Clements, 42, of Kingsport, Tennessee
  • David Dewolf Derrick, 43, of Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Kevin Scott Dingus, 37, of Glade Springs, Virginia
  • Lawrence Powell Earhart, II, 54 of Bluff City, Tennessee
  • John Roosevelt Farner, Jr., 40, of Piney Flats, Tennessee
  • Adam Randall Fulbright, 31, of Bristol, Virginia
  • Michael Ryan Goins, 26, of Church Hill, Tennessee
  • Timothy Barry Hall, 38, of Saint Paul, Virginia
  • Jason Darrell Larkins, 40, of Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Gary Allen Miller, 47, of Bristol, Tennessee
  • Alexander Andrew Milne, 25, of Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Charles William Mitchell, Jr., 34, of Bluff City, Tennessee
  • Crystal Diane Pharis, 37, of Bristol, Tennessee
  • Christopher Allen Reynolds, 36, of Bristol, Tennessee
  • Rachel Elizabeth Sammons, 32, of Bristol, Tennessee
  • Robert Jessee Estes, 47, of Rogersville, Tennessee
  • Marketta Rae Jarnigan, 26, of Rogersville, Tennessee
  • Scotty Ledon Foster, 49, of Lafayette, Georgia
  • Cameron Lowry, 40, of Old Hickory, Tennessee
  • David Alan Emery, 41, of Clinton, Tennessee
  • Crystal Mcguire, 42 of Powell, Tennessee
  • Larkin Henry Hensley, 41, of Clinton, Tennessee
  • Lashawn Johnson, 34, of Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Randall Wood, 39, of Clinton, Tennessee
  • Stacy Jo Ferguson, 37 of Rocky Top, Tennessee
  • David Dunlap, 47, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee
  • Edward Uthe, 53, of Mascot, Tennessee
  • Mitchell Chadwick Dorris, 30, of Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Kristen Perkins, 44, of Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Gerald Brummett, 39, of Clinton, Tennessee

A trial date before the Honorable Leon Jordan, Senior U.S. District Court Judge, has not yet been set.

The indictment, on file with the U.S. District Court, alleges that each of these individuals was involved in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere. Kenneth Sholtz, Russell, Weems, Rose, Steelman, Patterson, Thorpe, Whitt, Borror, Derrick, Farner, Fulbright, Hall, Johnson, and Uthe were also each charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Patterson, and Thorpe are each charged with an additional count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The indictment also alleges other charges related to the distribution and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine as well as the unlawful possession firearms and money laundering. 

If convicted of the methamphetamine conspiracy charge, each faces a minimum mandatory prison term of at least 10 years and up to life, at least five years of supervised release, a fine of up to $10,000,000, any applicable forfeiture, and a $100 special assessment. The punishment for the firearm charges returned against Kenneth Sholtz, Russell, Weems, Rose, Steelman, Patterson, Thorpe, Whitt, Borror, Derrick, Farner, Fulbright, Hall, Johnson, and Uthe is a minimum mandatory term of at least five years and up to life in prison, which must be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed, up to five years supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000, and a $100 special assessment.  Patterson and Thorpe, on the second firearms charge returned against them, face a minimum mandatory 25 years in prison to life in prison, which must be served consecutively to any other prison term. 

The ongoing investigation leading to the indictment was the product of a partnership between the Kingsport Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Second Judicial Drug Task Force, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Soddy Daisy Police Department, Clinton Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Oliver Springs Police Department, Oak Ridge Police Department, Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force, Eighth Judicial District Crime Task Force, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Bristol Virginia Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Gregory Bowman and Robert M. Reeves will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation is 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.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Sharry Dedman-Beard Public Information Officer 865.225.1671 sharry.dedman-beard@usdoj.gov
Updated March 26, 2018