• 7 alleged members of Drug Trafficking Organization charged


    Seven alleged members of a drug trafficking organization have been charged in a 16-count indictment. 

    The organization was reportedly responsible for shipping large amounts of meth, cocaine, heroin, and Xanax across West Tennessee. 

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    Four of the suspects were arrested by federal, state, and local law enforcement on Thursday and Friday. Two were already in custody on unrelated charges. One is still on the run. 

    Those indicted for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of ice include: 

    • Bernard Cooper, 31, of Jackson, Tennessee

    • Courtney Cooper, 37, of Jackson, Tennessee

    • Robert Newsom, 34, of Jackson, Tennessee (fugitive)

    • Brandon Weddle, 27, of Jackson, Tennessee

    • Ronricus Chapman, 30, of Jackson, Tennessee

    • Morgan Bond, 29, of Jackson, Tennessee

    • Stephen Williams, 29, of Jackson, Tennessee  

    During the two-year investigation, law enforcement seized more than 500 kilograms of marijuana, 240 grams of ice, 220 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of heroin, and 1,000 Xanax pills. 

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