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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Clarksville Men Sentenced in Drug Distribution Conspiracy

Thousands of Oxymorphone and Oxycodone Pills Were Distributed in Clarksville

Three Clarksville, Tennessee men were sentenced yesterday in connection with their involvement in a major drug distribution conspiracy in the Clarksville, Tenn. area between 2013 and 2015, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. All were indicted in October 2015 after an investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.

U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson imposed the following sentences:

  • Lloyd Montgomery, 57, the leader of the conspiracy, was sentenced to 240 months in prison to be followed by six years of supervised release. Montgomery pleaded guilty in August 2016 to conspiracy to distribute Oxymorphone and Oxycodone; 12 counts of distribution of Oxymorphone and/or Oxycodone; and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 
  • Brian Merriweather, 45, was sentenced to 216 months in prison to be followed by six years of supervised release. Merriweather was convicted after a jury trial of conspiracy to distribute Oxymorphone and Oxycodone, and two counts of distribution of Oxymorphone.  
  • Dominique Lucas, 28, was sentenced to 180 months in prison to be followed by six years of supervised release. Lucas pleaded guilty in July 2016 to conspiracy to distribute Oxymorphone and Oxycodone, and to two counts of distribution of Oxymorphone.

A fourth individual, Charles Arthur Reeves, III, 54, also of Clarksville, Tenn., and a previously convicted felon, was also indicted as a result of this investigation, after selling a firearm to a confidential informant. Reeves pleaded guilty in October 2016 to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced yesterday to 60 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.
 
The government’s evidence showed that, between 2013 and 2015, Montgomery was the leader of an extensive pill distribution network that included Merriweather and Lucas. This network illegally distributed thousands of prescription pills in the Clarksville, Tenn. area. The government’s evidence also showed that Montgomery illegally sold firearms as part of this operation, and that sellers in Montgomery’s network traded pills for a variety of stolen items and sponsored visits to doctors’ offices for the purpose of illegally obtaining prescription pills for resale.     

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Clarksville Police Department and the Tennessee Department of Correction-Probation and Parole. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ben Schrader and Brent Hannafan.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 5, 2017