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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Victor Verdin-Reyes Sentenced To 216 Months On Cocaine Conspiracy Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Victor Verdin-Reyes, 49, of Johnson City, Tenn., was sentenced on Feb. 10, 2015, by the Honorable R. Leon Jordan, U.S. District Court Judge, to a federal prison term of 216 months, for his leadership role in a cocaine conspiracy centered in and around the Johnson City area.

According to the plea agreement signed and filed with the U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office, Verdin-Reyes stipulated that he conspired to distribute between 5 to 15 kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere. Verdin-Reyes admitted that he had been selling cocaine since approximately the year 2000. He sold cocaine at his residence in Johnson City, Tenn., and also maintained a “stash house” located in Johnson City. Verdin and/or his wife, Ericka Jean Verdin, 45, of Johnson City, Tenn., sold various quantities of cocaine to an individual working on behalf of law enforcement on approximately 10 separate occasions during the period of the investigation. Ericka Jean Verdin is currently scheduled to be sentenced in the same case on Mar. 12, 2015.

On Feb. 9, 2014, law enforcement officers arrested Verdin-Reyes and his cocaine source of supply, Esteban Delgado Camacho, 48, of Weaverville, N.C., as they were conducting a drug deal involving a quarter kilogram of cocaine at the stash house maintained by Verdin-Reyes in Johnson City, Tenn.

A subsequent search warrant executed at the primary residence of Verdin-Reyes resulted in the seizure of an additional ounce of cocaine, digital scales, cutting agents, money order and Western Union receipts, $37,500.00 in U.S. currency and a .9mm handgun with a loaded magazine.

Another search warrant executed at Camacho’s residence in North Carolina resulted in the seizure of another approximate quarter kilogram of cocaine, an approximate ounce of crack cocaine, multiple firearms, digital scales, and over $41,000 in U.S. currency. Camacho was previously sentenced to serve 121 months for his role as the source of supply for Verdin-Reyes and for possessing firearms in furtherance of his cocaine trafficking.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent conviction of Verdin-Reyes include the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Johnson City Police Department, First District Drug Task Force, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration (in Tennessee and North Carolina). Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the United States.

Updated March 18, 2015