Locals among 12 indicted on federal meth trafficking charges

JULY 20– Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging 12 suspects with federal drug trafficking violations.

The suspects were arrested earlier today during a round-up conducted by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration,  the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit, both the Jackson and Madison County SWAT teams, and the McNairy County Drug Task Force. The 12 defendants named in the indictment are crystal methamphetamine traffickers, the government claims.

The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Jackson on July 17, but remained sealed until today’s arrests. The indictment contains counts alleging violations of the Controlled Substances Act, counts alleging illegal possession of firearms after being convicted of a felony, as well as counts for possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The Justice Department said the suspects arrested during the operation are:

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