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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 22, 2019

Goodlettsville Man Sentenced to Federal Prison For Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

Overdose Death Attributed to Heroin Sales

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 22, 2019 - Brian Wimsatt, 31, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy, possession and distribution of heroin which resulted in death, following an overdose death in May 2016, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Wimsatt was indicted in March 2017 and pleaded guilty to all counts in September 2018.

According to court documents, in April and May of 2016, Wimsatt was purchasing wholesale amounts of heroin and selling smaller amounts of heroin to users in and around the Goodlettsville, Tennessee area.  On May 13, 2016, Wimsatt negotiated two separate heroin sales to an individual, with the latter sale occurring around 7:00 p.m. in the restroom of a local grocery store in Goodlettsville.  Approximately eight hours later, the individual’s mother found him unresponsive in his car and it was later determined that he died from a heroin overdose.  Four days after this death, Goodlettsville police officers stopped Wimsatt for a traffic violation and subsequently found him to be in possession of heroin and other drugs and contraband and also determined that Wimsatt had sold the heroin that caused the overdose death of the individual.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force; and the Goodlettsville, Tenn. Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed A. Safeeullah. 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Contact: 
David Boling Public Information Officer 615-736-5956 david.boling2@usdoj.gov
Updated April 22, 2019