14 Charged with Federal Drug Trafficking Offenses
7 Eyewitness News Staff
A federal indictment charging 14 suspects with federal drug trafficking violations has been unsealed.
According to a news release,the suspects were arrested on Wednesday during a round-up of drug suspects by multiple federal (FBI, DEA, ATF, and USMS), state (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol), and local law enforcement agencies (Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, Ripley Police Department, Dyer County Sheriff’s Office, Dyersburg Police Department, and Lexington Police Department).
The indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in Jackson, Tennessee on April 16,, contained counts in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.
The suspects arrested during the operation were:
• Kendrick Allen
• Vanesha Keon Allen
• Quentin Teybious Bonds
• Lionel Ray Crawford
• David Lee Fuller
• Seletta Ann Fuller
• Antonio Gause
• Fred Hall III
• Steve Hawthorne Jr.
• Paul B. Haynes
• Vincent Dewalt Latrell
• Decornick Moore
• Hrondy Rogers
• Teddrick Lamar Smith
The news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III, said the charges in the indictment stem from illegal activity involving cocaine and crack cocaine.
“The cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies within the district is nothing less than remarkable. Our citizens should be proud of the job that these men and women perform on a daily basis,” said United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III. “The fight is far from over and we will not rest until the individuals and enterprises who engage in the distribution of illegal narcotics are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and brought to justice.”
Each of the 14 suspects was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine). This charge is punishable by no less than five years, and not more than forty years imprisonment, a fine of $5,000,000; or both, together with a mandatory term of not less than four years supervised release. United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III said the suspects were taken into custody without incident. At the time of the round up, twelve of the suspects resided in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, one in Dyer County, Tennessee, and one in Missouri.