A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking offense.
The FBI and other federal, state and local agencies conducted a year-long investigation into Franklin Shine Rushing, 46, from Decaturville, Tenn.
The FBI received information that Rushing was a major distributor of ICE in Decatur County, Tennessee.
On December 9, 2015 a source purchased one ounce of meth from Rushing for $1,100.
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The DEA has confirmed that drug amount to be 29.8 grams of 98.7% of pure meth. That same day, Rushing sold another 28.2 grams of 99.6% pure meth.
February of 2016, Rushing bought one pound of ICE for $13,000 from his supplier. Officials received another 4.5 ounces of ICE sold by Rushing.
In March of 2016, a traffic stop was conducted before Rushing could meet with his supplier to make arrangements for more narcotics.
Authorities found $9,086 on Rushing and .40 caliber pistol in a holster.
That day, 48 additional firearms were found in Rushing’s home, along with digital scales, baggies, a small amount of meth and a drug notebook.
Over a 4-month period, 2.5 kilos of ICE were attributed to Rushing through his investigation.
Rushing was sentenced to 144 months’ imprisonment for the drug conspiracy. He will serve 60 months consecutively on firearms offense and 5 years supervised release following his incarceration.
Cox Media Group