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Ricky Dwayne Harvey Sentenced To 180 Months On Oxycodone Trafficking And Money Laundering Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On May 5, 2014, Ricky Dwayne Harvey, 30, of Kingsport, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 180 months in federal prison for his leadership role in oxycodone and money laundering conspiracies centered around the Sullivan County, Tenn., area.

This conspiracy included 17 indicted individuals and involved large scale oxycodone dealing from approximately May 2008. Many of the pills obtained and sold within this conspiracy were obtained from Michigan, Florida and Georgia and transported back to the Eastern District of Tennessee for resale. Harvey stipulated that he conspired to distribute a conservative estimate of 10,000 (30 mg) oxycodone pills in the Eastern District of Tennessee. He also sent numerous wire transfers and directed other individuals to send wire transfers to other co-conspirators in Detroit, Michigan to further and advance his oxycodone trafficking.

Harvey was stopped by law enforcement in June 2013 where he produced a fake drivers’ license, supplied a false date of birth and social security number and had members of his family vouch for him. His true identity was soon verified and he was arrested on a federal indictment warrant. In explaining his actions, Harvey told the officers that he did his homework in the event he got stopped, just like an officer also does his homework.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent conviction of Harvey include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Kingsport Police Department, and Bristol Tennessee Police Department, 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