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Jackson, TN – Brandi Oswalt, 32, a resident of Cedar Grove, Tennessee, has been sentenced to 170 months in federal prison for her role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 156 grams of actual methamphetamine. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney announced the sentence today.
In November 2018, a Title III order was obtained for the interception of wire and electronic communications for a telephone being utilized by a drug trafficking organization. Intercepted communications indicated that members of the Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) had developed a network spanning multiple counties and judicial districts in Tennessee. In December 2018, a second Title III order was acquired for the interception of wire and electronic communications on two telephones. Further, it was confirmed that members of the DTO were transporting narcotics to the Western District of Tennessee.
With multiple search warrants, interviews, and continued investigation, evidence revealed that Oswalt was a distributor for the drug trafficking organization. Oswalt would travel to members of the conspiracy’s residence, where she would purchase ½ pound of actual methamphetamine. A codefendant would also purchase methamphetamine on her behalf.
Oswalt was responsible for distributing over 4.5 kilograms of actual methamphetamine. Based on two prior felony convictions for methamphetamine offenses in Henderson County in 2010 and Decatur County in 2018, Oswalt is considered to be a career drug offender under federal law.
On August 12, 202, U.S. District Court Senior Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Oswalt to 170 months in federal prison followed by five years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "This sentence represents another great example of law enforcement working together to hold meth traffickers accountable. Criminal enterprises that distribute these harmful drugs into our rural communities can no longer hide. We are taking the fight to the drug trafficking organizations in order to dismantle them and remove them from our streets."
This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Lexington Police Department investigated this case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Kitchen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.