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Three Men Collectively Sentenced to More Than 400 Months for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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

Memphis, TN – Three men involved in a lucrative drug trafficking conspiracy have been collectively sentenced to more than 400 months in federal prison. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentences today.

The three defendants include:

• Gary Holmes, 38, of Memphis, Tennessee

• Brailon Adell, 31, of Memphis, Tennessee

• Jody Davenport, 44, of Houston, Texas

The three defendants participated in a conspiracy to transport multiple kilograms of cocaine from Houston, Texas to Memphis, Tennessee for distribution.

According to information presented in court, in January 2015, a traffic stop was conducted in Liberty County, Texas that resulted in the discovery of two kilograms of cocaine. The drugs were hidden in large food cans in the trunk of the vehicle. The drugs were worth approximately $67,000. Holmes was driving the vehicle, and had come to Houston to pick up the cocaine and transport it to Memphis for resale.

As a result of an investigation conducted following the traffic stop, law enforcement discovered that Holmes was responsible for transporting large quantities of cocaine from Houston to Memphis over a six-month period. Davenport was supplying the cocaine to Holmes, who in turn would transport it to Adell and others in the Memphis area.

Holmes and Davenport spearheaded the conspiracy. For more than six months, they conspired to transport approximately 70 kilograms of cocaine from Houston to Memphis for redistribution.

In October 2015, Holmes, Adell and Davenport all pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Jon P. McCalla to one count of conspiring to unlawfully possess with the intent to distribute and distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

In February 2016, Judge McCalla sentenced Adell to 60 months and Davenport to 235 months in federal prison.

On Friday, July 15, Judge McCalla sentenced Holmes to 108 months in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Homeland Security Special Agents in Memphis and Houston.

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

Updated July 20, 2016

Drug Trafficking