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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- On March 14, 2016, Tito Charles, 30, of Greeneville, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 15 years in federal prison by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge.  Upon his release from prison, Charles will be supervised for 10 years by U.S. Probation.   

Charles pleaded guilty to a federal indictment charging him with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.  He was obtaining high purity methamphetamine from sources of supply near Atlanta, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn., and distributing the drug in east Tennessee.  In February 2015, Greene County deputies arrested Charles in a parking lot in Greeneville, Tenn., with approximately one pound of methamphetamine and $31,391 in cash.  He was released on bond later that same day.  In March 2015, a multi-agency team investigating the drug trafficking network that Charles was a part of  and arrested him again as he was transporting an additional pound of methamphetamine into Greene County via Highway 172.   

This investigation was a collaborative effort of several law enforcement agencies including the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Third Judicial Drug Task Force, Greeneville Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance in the prosecution of the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Christian Lampe represented the United States. 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 15, 2016