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Thomas Louis Motisi Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Telford, Tennessee – On February 14, 2020, Thomas Louis Motisi, 51, currently of Staten Island, New York, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Clifton L. Corker, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville.

Motisi was sentenced to 160 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

In the spring of 2016, multiple local and federal agencies worked together to investigate potential suspects in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy in Telford, Tennessee. Through the investigation, Motisi was found to be involved in the drug conspiracy. Motisi purchased methamphetamine from drug suppliers and redistributed the methamphetamine to other drug dealers and users. In November 2019, Motisi was found guilty at trial of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. 

This investigation was the product of a partnership between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan L. Gomez and Emily M. Swecker represented the United States in court.  

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.



Rachelle Barnes
Public Information Officer
(865) 545-4167

Updated February 14, 2020

Drug Trafficking