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Two Men Plead to Possessing Large Quantities of Controlled Substances

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

Memphis, TN – Two Memphis men have pled guilty to conspiring to distribute large quantities of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone. One of the defendants has also pled to possessing multiple firearms. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the pleas today.

According to information presented in court, 45-year-old Freeman Monger and 40-year-old Jeffrey Ingram, both of Memphis, possessed with intent to distribute large quantities of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone. Ingram also possessed multiple handguns and rifles.

In April 2013, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on Ingram. A large quantity of cocaine was found in Ingram’s vehicle. Deputies later executed a search warrant at Ingram’s residence, as well as storage units he maintained. Eleven handguns and two rifles were recovered from the storage units.

Over two years later, in August 2015, deputies executed a search warrant on a residence owned by Monger. Upon entering the residence, law enforcement located Monger and Ingram in separate parts of the house. A search of the residence yielded hundreds of grams of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, as well as 50 oxycodone pills. The residence was reportedly used to stash and distribute narcotics.

A search warrant was also conducted on Ingram’s residence in August 2015. Deputies recovered a Beretta 9mm pistol during the search.

On Friday, February 5, 2016, both Ingram and Monger pled guilty to multiple offenses.

Ingram pled guilty to two counts of possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine; individual counts of aiding and abetting a co-conspirator in possession with the intent to distribute multiple grams of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone; felony possession of 13 firearms; felony possession of 12 firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and felony possession of a Beretta 9mm pistol.

Monger pled guilty to aiding and abetting a co-conspirator in unlawful possession with the intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone.

Both defendants are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. on Thursday, May 6, 2016.

Ingram faces a maximum sentence of life.

Monger faces a maximum sentence of 40 years.

This case was investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lorraine Craig is prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated February 8, 2016