Eleven Indicted in West Tennessee for Federal Drug Trafficking Charges in “Operation Clear-Cut”
Jackson, TN – A total of eleven individuals have been indicted for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Western District of Tennessee. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the indictments today.
On November 18, 2019, a federal grand jury returned indictments charging eleven defendants with federal crimes including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of actual methamphetamine over five grams, and distribution of actual methamphetamine over 50 grams.
These indictments follow a year-long investigative operation known as "Operation Clear-Cut." These defendants are alleged to have participated in a conspiracy to distribute in excess of 20 kilograms of actual methamphetamine throughout West Tennessee in a twelve month period. Purity levels of methamphetamine seized during the investigation tested as high as 99%.
The defendants include:
• Travis Bradshaw, 39, Dyersburg, TN
• Casey Bailey, 32, Dyersburg, TN
• Anne Taylor Davis, 27, Dyersburg, TN
• Terry Hill, 34, Union City, TN
• Alizdez Lockett, 39, Blytheville, AR
• James Matthews, Jr., 30, Rutherford, TN
• Kimberly Parson, 26, Dyersburg, TN
• William Kreg Pierce, 32, Dyersburg, TN
• Erica Pugh, 27, Dyersburg, TN
• Carale Shields, 40, Jackson, TN
• Ashley Vazquez, 28, Union City, TN
Count 1 charges all defendants with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
Count 2 charges all defendants with aiding and abetting one another to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
Count 3 charges Casey Bailey with the distribution of more than five grams of actual methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
Count 4 through Count 8 charges Travis Bradshaw with the distribution of more than five grams of actual methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
Count 9 charges Anne Davis with the distribution of more than five grams of actual methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
Count 10 charges Travis Bradshaw with the possession of more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, with the intent to distribute.
If convicted, the defendants each face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years and up to life imprisonment.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Methamphetamine that is trafficked in and through West Tennessee is increasing in dangerous purity, and continues to destroy individuals, families, and communities. These indictments demonstrate our focus on the priority area of narcotics cases that impact public safety in our rural communities, and we appreciate the partnerships with our local law enforcement agencies in this case."
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, the Dyersburg Police Department, the 27th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. This investigation was conducted in conjunction with prosecutors in Jackson as part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program, which seeks to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, money laundering organizations and related criminal enterprises.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Wilson is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The charges and allegations in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.