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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Federal Jury Convicts Michael O. Brown On Drug Conspiracy And Distribution Charges

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Following a four day trial in U.S. District Court, Chattanooga, Tenn., a jury convicted Michael O. Brown, of Fayetteville, Tenn., of conspiracy to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base (crack).

Sentencing is set for 9:00 a.m., Jun. 15, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga. Brown faces a sentence of life in prison for the conspiracy charge and up to 30 years in prison for the distribution charge.

Evidence presented at trial showed that a group of 15 men and women conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack). The jury saw a video of Brown selling crack cocaine to a confidential source and heard recorded telephone calls in which Brown is heard ordering cocaine from a codefendant. All of the 14 other individuals charged in the case pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Brown was the only one to go to trial.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation which led to indictment and subsequent conviction of Brown and his codefendants included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Winchester Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra L. Bay represented the United States at trial.

Updated March 18, 2015