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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

U.S. Attorney Announces the Indictment of Four Individuals on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

Memphis, TN – On May 15, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted four individuals for federal drug charges. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictments today.

According to the indictments, the defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, methylenedioxymethamphetamne (MDMA), methadone, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: "Drug trafficking is an inherently dangerous and violent business that is often conducted by the illegal use and possession of firearms. These indictments demonstrate our commitment to remove armed drug traffickers from our streets by seeking significant mandatory sentences for selling poison in our community."

The defendants charged in the indictment and currently in custody are:

Antonio Rucker, 39, Memphis, Tennessee
Eric Crawford, 44, Memphis, Tennessee
Dewana Bogan, 38, Memphis, Tennessee
Angela Dominique Pittman, 33, Memphis, Tennessee

Counts 1, 2, and 3 of the indictment charges Antonio Rucker and Eric Crawford with possession with intent to distribute 100 grams of heroin, 125 grams of cocaine, and over 100 oxycodone pills.

In another three count indictment, counts 1 and 2 charges Angela Dominique Pittman with possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and conspiracy. Count 3 charges Pittman with possessing a Glock 19 9mm caliber pistol in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Counts 1 through 14 of a third separate indictment charges Dewana Bogan with intent to distribute heroin, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methadone, hydrocodone, morphine and cocaine. Bogan is also charged with two counts of felony possession of firearms in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted, defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit and Bartlett Police Department.

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

The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated May 23, 2018