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Jackson Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Jackson, TN – Brandy Kentia Steed, a/k/a "STEED," 40, has been sentenced to 180 months imprisonment on federal charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. U.S. Attorney, D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on August 24, 2017, during an undercover investigation, Jackson Police Department investigators arranged to purchase 1.63 grams of heroin from STEED. Later that same day, investigators executed a search warrant at STEED’s residence, in the Jackson area. During the search, STEED informed the investigators that the narcotics were hidden in a Chevrolet Suburban parked outside his residence. Recovered from the Suburban were multiple bags of suspected heroin and crack cocaine. However, lab analysis later determined that the bags contained 30.42 grams of fentanyl and 5.63 grams of crack cocaine. STEED provided a statement to investigators admitting that all the items in the vehicle belonged to him. STEED also had multiple prior arrests and convictions for evading arrest, resisting arrest and probation violations.

On November 1, 2019, U.S. District Court Chief Judge S. Thomas Anderson sentenced STEED to 180 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: "Fentanyl is a deadly drug that destroys lives, and the quantity of fentanyl possessed by this defendant for resale could have caused multiple injuries and deaths. Under the new opioid strategy of this office and the Department of Justice, we will seek maximum sentencing penalties for any person distributing any amount of fentanyl in West Tennessee. If you are a drug dealer causing addiction, pain, and death for selfish personal gain, we will find you and hold you accountable."

This case was investigated by the Jackson Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Kitchen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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Contact

Cherri Green
Public Affairs
(901) 544-4231
Cherri.Green@usdoj.gov

Updated November 4, 2019