• 15 alleged members of drug trafficking organization indicted


    15 alleged members of a drug trafficking organization have been indicted for distributing cocaine and marijuana throughout West Tennessee. 

    12 of the defendants were taken into custody on January 31. Three were already incarcerated on unrelated charges.

    Those indicted include:

    • Anthony Lamont Adams, 41, of Obion County
    • James Williams Ayers, 51, of Shelby County (Already in Federal Custody)
    • Joaquian Jonulle Bowen, 30, of Dyer County
    • Edrik Deon Fason , 34, of Madison County (Already in Federal Custody)
    • Derrick Shawen Fields, 36, of Dyer County
    • L.C. Gills Jr., 48, of Dyer County 
    • Monteith Alvarez Haley, 37, of Dyer County
    • Charlie Dwayan Hartshaw, 35, of Madison County
    • Demonta Darnell Henning, 25, of Dyer County
    • Paul Montrale Isom, 30, of Dyer County
    • Joseph Deangelo Lee, 44, of Dyer County
    • Billy Joe Liggon Jr., 40, of Madison County (Already in Federal Custody)
    • Bobby Charles McElrath, 54, of Dyer County
    • Kenneth Wayne Patrick, 38, of Dyer County
    • Jermaine B. Temple, 38, of Madison County 
    The indictment alleges the suspects conspired with each other to distribute and possess the drugs. 

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    “Gang-related drug activity tears at the fabric of our communities, as gang members peddle poison and innocent people are caught in the violence and related crimes that accompany the drug trade,” said Gavin, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s Memphis Field Office. “Today's arrests demonstrate the commitment of the FBI and our law enforcement partners to root out those who seek to prey on the public, and to stamp out the organizations that ruin so many lives.” 
    All 15 face up to 20 years in federal prison. 

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