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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Greeneville Resident Sentenced To Twenty Years In Federal Prison For Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Feb.14, 2017, Braun Tarone Evans Dabbs, 33, of Greeneville, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 210 months in federal prison following a conviction for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine consecutive base “crack” in east Tennessee. Additionally, since Dabbs was on federal supervised release for a prior conviction during the time he engaged in this crack cocaine conspiracy, he received a 30-month sentence, for a total of 240 months.


Dabbs was initially convicted on federal crack cocaine conspiracy charges in 2009 and received a prison sentence of 42 months. Due to a change in the law, this sentence was subsequently reduced to 34 months. Upon his release from prison, he was placed on terms of supervised release, during which time he re-engaged in the sale of crack cocaine. On two separate occasions in June 2015, Dabbs sold crack cocaine in the amounts of 52 grams and 69.88 grams, to individuals working on behalf of law enforcement.


According to his plea agreement on file with U.S. District Court, Dabbs admitted that he was accountable for approximately 4,500 grams (4.5 kilograms) of crack cocaine from October 1, 2013 through July 21, 2015, all while on supervised release following his release from prison on his initial federal crack cocaine conviction.


Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Johnson City Police Department and Third District Judicial Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nick Regalia, Wayne Taylor and Christian Lampe represented the United States.


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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 17, 2017