DEA-led investigation brings down major local drug ring

Lebanon police investigators joined forces with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and more than a dozen other agencies to get indictments for 41 suspects on charges ranging from conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana to money laundering.
Aug 22, 2014

 

Lebanon police investigators joined forces with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and more than a dozen other agencies to get indictments for 41 suspects on charges ranging from conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana to money laundering. 

According to Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley, the more-than-year-long investigation culminated Wednesday morning when 33 suspects were served indictments. Authorities also seized more than $200,000, 27 vehicles, more than $200,000 worth of jewelry and more than 100 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Police said the seven suspects who remain at large, including three from Lebanon, would be arrested soon. 

At a press conference Thursday, Gallatin Police Chief Donald Bandy said he reached out to state and federal authorities for help after several violent crimes happened there in spring 2013. He said the investigation ultimately brought together 17 agencies due to the extensive nature of gang and drug activity in the surrounding area. 

Whitley said the multi-agency investigation was the first in Sumner County to use wire taps to gather intelligence and information that was compiled and taken to a special Sumner County grand jury, which handed down the indictments Monday. 

“We have employed something that is unique and actually historic in Sumner County, and that is a wire tap,” Whitley said. “We’ve never had a wire tap in the history of Sumner County. There are not many authorized wire taps that are run outside the four major metropolitan areas in Tennessee.”

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, the investigation started locally, but it will have a significant impact on drug activity across Middle Tennessee. 

This case began in Lebanon and has a direct impact on the drug supply in Lebanon,” said Bowen, who attended Thursday’s press conference in Gallatin. “It wouldn’t have worked without the coordination of all of the involved law enforcement agencies. Officers from Lebanon spent countless hours on the investigation. We are glad that it had such a successful outcome.”

Whitley said the suspects, if convicted, face between 15-60 years in prison, depending on charges, and many of the charges were upgraded because the apparent illegal activity happened in a school zone, per state law. He said the suspects charged ranged from street-level dealers to suppliers with some in California and Texas. 

The suspects received between $2,500-$1 million bonds, and will be arraigned Sept. 5. 

Those charged in the investigation included:

• Bryan Arnez Black, 38, for 18 counts of money laundering, conspiracy to distribute marijuana greater than 300 pounds in a school zone and conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone. 

• Thorsten John Boger, 41, for conspiracy to distribute more than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone. 

• Anthony Andre Branham, 33, for conspiracy to distribute more than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone. 

• Joseph Lamont Chumbley, 37, for conspiracy to distribute more than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone and four counts of money laundering.

• Brian Wayne Driver, 32, for conspiracy to distribute more than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone and sale of greater than 26 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone. 

• Henry Flood, 45, for conspiracy to distribute marijuana greater than 300 pounds in a school zone and conspiracy to distribute more than 300 grams of cocaine. 

• Jamie Carol Glascock, 30, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone and sale of greater than .5 grams of schedule II drugs. 

• Brian Keith Goodrich, 39, for conspiracy to distribute marijuana greater than 300 pounds in a school zone and conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone.

• Curtis Walter Goodwin Jr., 36, for conspiracy to distribute marijuana greater than 300 pounds in a school zone and conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone.

• Danny M. Harris, 21, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone and sale of schedule II drugs.

• George Allen Humphrey, 31, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone and sale of schedule II drugs.

• Henry Lee Johnson, 60, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone, sale of greater than .5 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone and sale of greater than .5 grams of schedule II drugs in a park zone.

• Jae Yosigo Lyles, 37, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone, possession with intent to distribute greater than .5 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone and maintaining a building used to distribute drugs. 

• Dondra L. Majors, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone, sale of greater than 26 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone and maintaining a building used to distribute drugs.

• Yarnell Malone, 27, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone, possession with intent to distribute greater than 26 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone, maintaining a building used to distribute drugs and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony.

• Antonio Sanchez Marshall, 35, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone and conspiracy to distribute marijuana greater than 300 pounds in a school zone.

• Carlos Mejia, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone and sale of greater than 26 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone.

• Norman Christopher Moody, 35, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone and possession with intent to distribute greater than .5 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone.

• Darenesha L. Parker, 21, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone and sale of schedule II drugs. 

• Donna Lavern Parker, 51, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone.

• Ernest Lee Redding III, 40, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone.

• Patrick William Redding, 37, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine greater than 300 grams in a school zone.

• Michael Ridley, 37, for conspiracy to distribute heroin greater than 150 grams in a school zone.

• Monica Lynn Ridley. 46, for conspiracy to distribute heroin greater than 150 grams in a school zone.

• Damien Devon Rogan, 37, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone, possession with intent to distribute greater than .5 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone and maintaining a building used to distribute drugs.

• Tremaine Smith, 20, for conspiracy to distribute marijuana greater than 300 pounds in a school zone, conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine, possession of schedule VI drugs for resale in a school zone, and possession of schedule II drugs for resale in a school zone. 

• Ouche D. Staten, 27, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone. 

• Charles Montel Talley, 38, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone.

• Jermell Markez Wilks, 34, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone, possession with intent to distribute greater than .5 grams of schedule II drugs in a school zone and maintaining a building used to distribute drugs.

• Kevin Levar Wynn, 37, for conspiracy to distribute greater than 300 grams of cocaine in a school zone.

 

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