Jackson, TN – A task force made up of special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and state and law enforcement officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, West Tennessee Drug Task Force, Jackson Madison-County Metro-Narcotics, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jackson Police Department arrested seven people in an early morning round-up today on federal drug trafficking charges.
This morning’s arrests are the result of a year-long investigation in which law enforcement officials have seized kilograms of cocaine and/or crack cocaine.
A federal grand jury in Jackson, TN returned the indictments on March 23, 2015, but they remained under seal until today’s arrests. Each indictment contained counts alleging violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
The suspects arrested during the operation were:
•Omar Ramirez,45, of Madison County
•Lee Patterson, 43, of Madison County
•Patrick Williamson, 40, of Madison County
•Santayan Deon Mayberry, 38, of Madison County
•Sharn Milan, 35, of Madison County (already in federal custody)
•Charles Miller, 40, of Gibson County
•Armondo Orta, 47, of Madison County
The charges in the indictment stem from the defendants’ participation in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.
Law enforcement officials seized over three kilos of cocaine, six ounces of crack cocaine, over $180,000 in cash and 10 vehicles in this morning’s round-up.
The case was investigated by members of the DEA Jackson Post of Duty, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department and the West Tennessee Drug Task Force. The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Beth Boswell.
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The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.