26 East Tennesseans arrested in alleged meth distribution ring

26 East Tennesseans arrested in alleged meth distribution ring

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Twenty-six people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine obtained from Georgia in Tennessee and Kentucky.

A 24 count indictment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine was returned on January 14 against:

  • John A. Ayers, a.k.a. Blondie, 31, of Rutledge, Tenn.
  • Gary S. Valentine, 53, of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Victor M. Lynn, 51, of Rutledge, Tenn.
  • Paula W. Teague, 45, of Fairmont, Ga.
  • Eric R. Sizemore, 37, of East Berndstadt, Ky.
  • Drew A. Gregg, Jr., 36, of Newport, Tenn.
  • Joseph A. Jackson, a.k.a. Joey Jackson, 47, of Russellville, Tenn.
  • Teresa J. Turner, a.k.a. Terri Red, 52, of Whitesburg, Tenn.
  • Charles E. Bishop, a.k.a. Chucky, 51, of Whitesburg, Tenn.
  • Donna S. Roberts, 58, of Thorn Hill, Tenn.
  • Casper G. Hurley, 39, of McKee, Ky.
  • Harold E. Long, 61, of Tazewell, Tenn.
  • Robert D. Purkey, 43, of White Pine, Tenn.
  • Christopher M. Lawson, 35, of Rutledge, Tenn.
  • James E. Hayes, 56, of Talbott, Tenn.
  • Bradley S. Johnson, 29, of Bean Station, Tenn.
  • Troy R. Eads, 40, of Tazewell, Tenn.
  • Lisa A. Meece, 35, of Mooresburg, Tenn.
  • Stephanie Ellis, 22, of Rutledge, Tenn.
  • Phillip R. McNeil, Jr., 31, of Corryton, Tenn.
  • Floyd S. Simpson, 44, of Taylor, Mich.
  • Jeffrey W. Flynn, 33, of Mascot, Tenn.
  • Adam W. Houchins,  32, of Mooresburg, Tenn.
  • Amanda C. Roach, 36, of Rutledge, Tenn.
  • Luciano Castro, 74, of Savannah, Ga.
  • Smokey E. Fleenor, 32, of Morristown, Tenn.

In addition, Ayers, Valentine, Lynn, Gregg and Jackson, were indicted for firearms violations, including possessing a firearm and/or after having been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of more than one year in prison, or for being a drug addict.

Lynn and Jackson were also indicted for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. 

Investigators say those indicted were obtaining methamphetamine from individuals in Georgia and were distributing those drugs in Tennessee and Kentucky.

If convicted, all face a minimum and mandatory term of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life, a maximum fine of $10,000,000.00, and a term of supervised release of at least five years. 

In addition, Ayers, Valentine, Lynn, Gregg, and Jackson, face a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and a term of supervised release of up to three years, as to the possession of firearms by a prohibited person charges. 

Lynn and Jackson, face a mandatory minimum and mandatory five year sentence up to life, which by statute must be served consecutively with any other prison term imposed, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and a term of supervised probation up to five years.

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