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Five Sentenced In Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

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

The remaining five defendants in a multi-state heroin trafficking conspiracy were sentenced to federal prison yesterday, including three from middle Tennessee and two from Chicago, Illinois, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee.  Eight persons were indicted on charges of conspiring to distribute heroin and all pleaded guilty.

Those sentenced yesterday were: Steven Allen, 52, of Chicago, Illinois and David Fletcher, 49, of Nashville, Tennessee were each sentenced to 180 months in prison; Travis Jones, 49, of Chicago, was sentenced to 108 months in prison; Maurice Jenkins, 52, of Nashville, was sentenced to 35 months in prison; and Garrette Butler, 64, of Nashville, was sentenced to 6 months in a half-way house.

Previously sentenced in November 2017 were: Charlie Diggs, 46, of Nashville, was sentenced to 72 months in prison; Amanda Morris, 34, of Nashville, was sentenced to 49 months in prison; and Jill Bradley, 54, of Joelton, Tennessee, was sentenced to 3 days in custody.

According to court documents, in late 2014, Fletcher, Diggs, and Jones conspired to acquire multiple kilograms of heroin from Allen and others in Chicago, Illinois and then transport the heroin to middle Tennessee for distribution. Members of the conspiracy transported the heroin to Nashville, Tennessee where it was diluted, packaged for resale and stored at the homes of Butler and Diggs in Nashville. Members of the conspiracy also sold the heroin and recruited others to sell it as well.   Law enforcement officers ultimately seized over $38,000 in cash, business properties and several cars from members of the conspiracy.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department; and the Cheatham County Sherriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed A. Safeeullah. 


David Boling
Public Information Officer

Updated June 20, 2018

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