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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 18, 2019

West Tennessee Woman Sentenced to 15 Years for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

Jackson, TN – Amanda Ivey, 45, of Lexington, TN has been sentenced to 185 months imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute actual methamphetamine. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, beginning in 2015 through March 2016, investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began investigating multiple individuals transporting actual methamphetamine from Arizona to the Western District of Tennessee for distribution.

Ivey distributed actual methamphetamine on multiple occasions to undercover confidential informants. Ivey and co-defendant Shane Rushing, were traveling on Highway 412 East near Darden Park in Henderson County when they were stopped by law enforcement for a traffic violation. Ivey was the driver and Rushing was the passenger. A loaded Tanfoglio, .40 caliber pistol was located between the seats.

Recovered from the vehicle was $9,086 in United States currency from Rushing and $500 in United States currency from Ivey. Rushing stated to investigators that he was on his way to purchase one ounce (28.35 grams) of methamphetamine/ice and pay for previous amounts of methamphetamine that he had been fronted. Ivey stated she purchased methamphetamine from Rushing for two years. Ivey was held responsible for 6.35 kilograms of actual methamphetamine with purity levels from 99.6% to 98.6%.

On November 14, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Ivey to 185 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Methamphetamine that is trafficked in and through West Tennessee is increasing in dangerous purity, and continues to destroy individuals, families, and communities. Drug dealers who profit from the pain, addiction, violence and death caused by these dangerous substances deserve proper punishment, and this sentence does just that."

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson Residence Agency Safe Streets Task Force, and the ATF.

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

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Contact: 
Cherri Green Public Affairs (901) 544-4231 Cherri.Green@usdoj.gov
Updated November 18, 2019