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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Twenty-Three Indicted in Multi-County Oxycodone Trafficking and Money Laundering Conspiracy


KNOXVILLE—Twenty of 23 individuals have been arrested in a multi-county round-up arising out of an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Knoxville on June 5, 2012, charging all with oxycodone trafficking and money laundering conspiracies.

As of the afternoon of June 21, 2012, those arrested are: John Wesley Goss, 58; Eva Hallene McNelley, 59; Joey Eugene Brewer, 30; Christopher Shannon Carroll, 37; Katrina Elaine Carroll, 33; Jeffrey Wade Fine, 35; Amy Renee Shillings, 41; Russell Anthony Walters, 31; Stephen Eugene Williams, 36; Bobby Lee Martin, 61; Jeremiah J. Cooley, 35; Richard E. Goldberg, 29; James Charles Luffman, 41; Samuel Houston Newcome, 31; Montique Denise Chandler, 36; Tawny Michelle Inman, 22; Debbie Colleen Stooksbury, 40; Johnny Wayne Watts, 32; Cynthia Kay Wheeler, 51; and Timothy Guy Wright, 49, all of Roane County, Tennessee.

On June 20, 2012 and June 21, 2012, 19 of those arrested appeared in court before U.S. Magistrate Judges H. Bruce Guyton and C. Clifford Shirley and pleaded not guilty to the charges in the indictment, which alleges that they conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and conspired to commit money laundering offenses. All remain in custody at this time. Trial has been set for August 28, 2012, in U.S. District Court, in Knoxville, before the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan.

The 19 individuals who made court appearances were advised that deaths are alleged to have resulted from the use of oxycodone in connection with the drug conspiracy, and thus, some could face life in prison, while others could face 20 years to life in prison.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Task Force consisting of agents and officers of the FBI, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, and Harriman Police Department. Agents and officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Rockwood Police Department, Kingston Police Department, and non-task force narcotics detectives with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office played key roles in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Stone will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

FBI Top Stories: South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Committing Federal Hate Crime Against African-American Teenager


WASHINGTON—Chase McClary, 23, of Johnsonville, South Carolina, pleaded guilty today in federal court in the District of South Carolina to violating the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in his violent assault of an African-American teenager.

During his guilty plea, McClary admitted that in August 2010, he approached a 16-year-old African-American male and struck him numerous times with the jagged end of a broken coffee mug because of the victim’s race. The attack resulted in severe injuries to the victim’s head, face, and neck.

Sentencing will be set at a later date. The plea agreement calls for a sentence of 48 months in prison.

“Motivated by hate, the defendant attacked a teenager and scarred him for life. No one should have to endure such an abhorrent act of criminal violence,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney for the Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department will vigorously prosecute cases of bias motivated violence to the full extent of the law.”

“Prosecution of hate-based crime—whether the motive is the color of skin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, or national origin—is critical to the American way of life and the justice system,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles for the District of South Carolina. I want to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and Ed Clements, the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor, for their work on this civil rights case.”

This case was investigated by Special Agent Steven Stokes of the FBI, with assistance from the Florence County Sheriff’s Investigator Alvin Powell, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brad Parham and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Christopher Lomax.

Wanted by the FBI: Luckenson DesRivieres


Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution - Murder, Robbery, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Tampering with Evidence

LUCKENSON DESRIVIERES
DESCRIPTION:

Date(s) of Birth Used:  December 9, 1987 
Place of Birth:  Haiti
Height:  5'7"
Weight:  150 pounds 
NCIC:  W635304439 
 Hair:  Black 
Eyes:  Brown
Sex:  Male
Race:  Black
Nationality: Haitian

Remarks: Desrivieres has ties to New Jersey and Haiti. He is in the United States illegally.

CAUTION
Luckenson Desrivieres is wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of a man and a woman in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 14, 2012. The two individuals were stabbed to death in a residence. Desrivieres is believed to have fled to New Jersey after the murder. On June 19, 2012, Desrivieres was charged with two counts of first degree murder, among other charges, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Desrivieres in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 26, 2012, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Fort Yates Man Sentenced for Assault Charges


BISMARCK—U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on June 28, 2012, Jeremy Dwarf, 30, of Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Dwarf pleaded guilty to the charges on March 21, 2012.

Judge Hovland sentenced Dwarf to seven years and eight months in federal prison, to be followed by three years’ supervised release. Dwarf was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund and to pay $267,106.59 in restitution.

On November 6, 2011, in Fort Yates, Dwarf assaulted an adult male with a fence post, striking the victim numerous times in the head. Once the victim fell to the ground, unconscious, Dwarf continued to assault the victim by kicking him in the head and face. As a result of the assault the victim suffered injuries that required immediate and extensive medical attention.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Indian Affairs—Standing Rock Agency.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.

Area Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges


ST. LOUIS, MO—Philanda K. Jamison was sentenced to 151 months in prison for his possession and distribution of heroin between February 2010 and August 2011.

PHILANDA K. JAMISON, North St. Louis County, MO, pled guilty in March to one felony count of distribution of heroin. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge John Ross.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis City and County Police Departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany Becker handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.