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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 3, 2019

Damien Nixon Sentenced to 240Months Imprisonment for His Involvement in a Drug Trafficking Organization

Memphis, TN – Damien Nixon, 40, was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of actual methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, Dyersburg Police Department conducted a consensual search pursuant to a probation order at the residence of Nixon. A search of the residence revealed 475 grams of actual methamphetamine in a zip-lock bag, crack cocaine, and approximately $1,500 in U.S. currency. Nixon claimed ownership of the narcotics. Based on the investigation, it was determined that Nixon was receiving the methamphetamine from members of the conspiracy and then distributing to others. A total amount of methamphetamine attributed to Nixon was over 1,133 grams of actual methamphetamine.

On May 1, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen, sentenced Nixon to 240 months imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Methamphetamine that is trafficked in and through West Tennessee continues to increase in purity, which increases its potential to cause addiction, injury, and death. 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 this substantial sentence will remove a dangerous drug dealer from our streets."

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation of 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.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dyersburg Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jerry Kitchen and Hillary Parham prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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Contact: 
Cherri Green Public Information Officer Cherri.Green@usdoj.gov 901-544-4231
Updated May 3, 2019