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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking 20 Kilos of Cocaine

Memphis, TN – Tellerick Simon, 34, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and possession of more than 5 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the guilty plea today.

According to information presented in court, on September 25, 2017, officers with the West Tennessee Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on eastbound I-40. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed over 50 pounds of cocaine. The occupants were bringing the cocaine from Houston, Texas through the Western District of Tennessee en route to Knoxville.

A thorough investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration offices in Memphis, Tennessee; as well as Houston and Brownsville, Texas revealed 34-year-old Tellerick Simon as one of the key participants in trafficking the cocaine. On June 13, 2018, Simon pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 10 years up to life imprisonment.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 17, 2018 before U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman.

The West Tennessee Drug Task Force, an extension of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this case.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Griffith is prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated June 14, 2018