10 indicted on charges of conspiring to distribute “ice”
JACKSON, Tenn. — Ten West Tennessee residents have been indicted for conspiring to distribute large quantities of pure methamphetamine throughout West Tennessee.
A press release states nine of the defendants were taken into custody on Thursday, May 26, 2016 while one defendant remains on the run.
Federal, state and law enforcement agencies participated in the arrests, according to officials.
The release states the following defendants have been indicted on conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more that 500 grams of meth, among other charges:
• David Burruss, 72, of Bolivar, Tennessee
• Rodney Richardson, 48, of Grand Junction, Tennessee
• Deon Brown, Sr., 48, of Grand Junction, Tennessee
• James Walker Carroll, 35, of Savannah, Tennessee
• David Bryan, 29, of Jackson, Tennessee
• Thomas Rodgers, 38, of Lexington, Tennessee
• Nancy Hubanks, 65, of Savannah, Tennessee
• Matthew Ludoff, 33, of Jackson, Tennessee
• Jason Stanfill, 37, of Jackson, Tennessee
• Mary Vandiver, 42, of Jackson, Tennessee (fugitive)
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired with each other to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute large quantities of “ice”, which is meth with a purity level greater than 80 percent.
During the course of a nearly two year investigation, officials seized more than 3,500 grams of ice, over 800 grams of meth, three firearms, two vehicles and about $64.000 in drug proceeds from the defendants, according to the release.
The defendants have been charged with one count of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of ice and one count of aiding and abetting each other to distribute, attempt to distribute, possess with the intent to distribute and attempt to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of ice, according to a press release.
They have also been charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, among other charges, according to officials.
Officials say the 10 defendants face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years imprisonment if convicted of conspiracy and/or abetting charges as well as a fine of up to $10 million.
The additional charges carry mandatory sentences of between five and 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.
The case is being investigated by the DEA, TBI, Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit, 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Postal Inspector Service.
The charges and allegations in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The defendants are currently being held in federal detention centers in various locations.
Sergeant Gilley with the Jackson Metro Narcotics Unit says this investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected to be made.