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Federal Drug Trafficking Complaint Follows Seizure of Thirteen Pounds of Fentanyl-Laced Pills

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee
Counterfeit Oxycodone Pills Seized from Inbound UPS Package

NASHVILLE – A joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has resulted in the arrest of three individuals for conspiring to distribute over 13 pounds of fentanyl-mixed pills in Nashville, Tennessee, announced United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis.

The complaint charges Karl Chandler, Jr., 36, Jacquez McCoy, 26, and Branelle Brooks, 23, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing fentanyl. Chandler is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On January 4, 2024, agents intercepted a suspicious package that had been shipped to Nashville from Phoenix, Arizona. Upon searching the package, they discovered a substantial quantity of pills containing fentanyl. The pills, which bore the same color, shape, and imprints as legitimate oxycodone 30 milligram pills, were concealed in two vacuum-sealed bags hidden inside of air mattresses. In total, the package contained approximately 6.27 kilograms, or 13.8 pounds, of suspected fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills. Agents re-assembled the package without the narcotics and followed those who retrieved it upon delivery, resulting in the arrests of Chandler, McCoy and Brooks. Federal agents also recovered a firearm as part of the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily E. Petro is prosecuting the case.

A complaint is merely an allegation. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Mark H. Wildasin

Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney

(615) 736-2079

Updated January 8, 2024

Drug Trafficking