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Mid-State Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Distribution And Firearms Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee
Plea Agreement Calls for 23-Year Sentence

NASHVILLE – Rodd Griffin, 42, of  Cunningham, Tennessee, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

According to the plea agreement, law enforcement began investigating Griffin in January 2020, after receiving a tip that he was selling heroin from his home in Cunningham, Tenn.  Law enforcement officers then made a series of controlled buys of heroin and methamphetamine from Griffin and also received information that Griffin travelled to Atlanta on a regular basis to pick up large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine. 

On January 16, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Griffin’s home and recovered three handguns and two rifles, one of which was a FN M16A2 with a “burst” selector and a suppressor, and embossed with “Property of the U.S. Government.”  Officers also seized $40,000 in $5,000 bundles; a total of 1300g of methamphetamine; 232.4g of heroin; and 400g of marijuana.

While officers were conducting the search, Griffin arrived home, and a search of his person and vehicle yielded digital scales and other paraphernalia associated with illegal substances, and more than $6,000 cash, which included some of the buy money from a previous controlled buy. 

Griffin was also found to have been previously convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing firearms. 

The plea agreement, if accepted by the Court, calls for Griffin to be sentenced to 23 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force; and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven T. Brantley is prosecuting the case. 

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David Boling
Public Affairs Officer

Updated September 22, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses