19 indicted in West Tennessee drug trafficking sweep

JACKSON, Tenn. — Nineteen people have been indicted in two separate drug trafficking indictments in West Tennessee.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee D. Michael Dunavant announced the indictments Monday.

A federal grand jury indicted four defendants March 18 with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one weapons charge that had been shipped in interstate commerce, according to a news release from Dunavant’s office.

The four defendants in the first indictment are Walter McPeake, Johnny Todd, Sheldon Hart and Kevin Finch.

Count one charges the above suspects with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to the release.

Count two charges McPeake with knowingly and unlawfully receiving and possessing a stolen firearm that had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe the firearm was stolen, the release says.

Finch is currently released on bond. McPeake, Todd and Hart remain in custody.

If convicted, the defendants each face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years imprisonment and up to life on the drug trafficking charges. McPeake faces an additional sentence of up to 10 years in custody on the weapons charge.

In a case connected to the previous indictment, a federal grand jury indicted 15 defendants on April 15 with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, according to the release.

Ten of the 15 defendants in the second indictment who are currently in custody are Timmy Jermaine Cole, Anthony McElrath, Kelvin Pettigrew, Lynnie Ray Pettigrew, Nickolas Atkins, Cornelius Talley, Cindy Cannon, Scotty Tubbs, Rolando Garibaldi-Alvarado and Steven Williams.

Five defendants remain at large, and their indictments remain under seal.

Count 1 charges Cole, Lynnie Ray Pettigrew, Kelvin Pettigrew, Atkins, Talley, Cannon, Tubbs and Williams with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine, the release says.

Count 2 charges Cole, Lynnie Ray Pettigrew, Garibaldi-Alvarado, Kelvin Pettigrew, McElrath and Atkins with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 5 kilograms of cocaine, the release says.

Count three charges Cole, Lynnie Ray Pettigrew, Kelvin Pettigrew, Atkins and Talley with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, according to the release.

During the investigation, agents seized multiple firearms, around 15 pounds of methamphetamine, crack cocaine and approximately 60 pounds of marijuana, the release says.

If convicted, the defendants each face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years imprisonment and up to life.

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