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Dozens of Indictments Handed Down in Crack Cocaine Investigation

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) --  A federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned indictments on alleged crack cocaine dealings.

On March 9th, the following people were indicted:

  • Levar Williams, aka "L," 31, of Cleveland
  • Demtrius Byrd, 23, of Chattanooga
  • Adrius Stephon Hickey, aka "Age," 44, of Cleveland
  • Lashanda Blankenship, aka "Sandra," 22, of Cleveland
  • Steven Dante Hickey, 33, of Cleveland
  • Navon Martin, aka "New York," 20, of Cleveland
  • Corrie Moore, 26, of Cleveland
  • Larry Hickey, aka "Old School," 56, of Cleveland
  • Keilo Walker, 28, of Cleveland
  • Dalopheal Taylor, aka "Tray," 22, of Cleveland
  • Everett Hollins, III, aka "E," 26, of Chattanooga
  • Omar Gash, 31, of Cleveland
  • Demtrius Scott, aka "Doo Doo," 35, of Cleveland
  • Ronald Whaley, 50 of Cleveland
  • Vernon Bramlett, aka "Man," 33, of Chattanooga
  • Christopher Hilt, aka "Juice," 21, of Chattanooga
  • Demetria Jackson, aka "Mee-Mee," 23, of Cleveland
  • Marcus L. Hodges, aka "Unck," 36, of Chattanooga
  • Brandon E. Rawlings, aka "Black D" or "Boogaloo," 26, of Chattanooga

The indicted are accused of various crack cocaine distribution and firearm offenses. An additional indictment was returned against Stacey V. King, 39, of Chattanooga, on March 23 for distribution of crack cocaine.

Several of the defendants appeared in court March 24, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee and all entered pleas of not guilty to the charges in the indictments. Trial has been set for May 17th in United States District Court, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Williams, Byrd, Adrius, Steven, and Larry Hickey, Blankenship, Martin, Moore, Walker, Taylor, Hollins, Gash, Scott, and Whaley were charged together in a 51-count indictment alleging conspiracy to distribute over 50 grams of crack cocaine, as well as 49 crack distribution charges. In addition, Larry Hickey was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

If convicted of the charged conspiracy, each of these defendants faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison up to a maximum of life, at least five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $4,000,000.

Bramlett was charged individually with five counts of distribution of crack cocaine. If convicted, Bramlett faces up to 30 years in prison, at least six years of supervised release, and a $2,000,000 fine on each count.

Hilt and Jackson were charged together in a 10-count indictment alleging conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine and nine substantive crack distribution counts. If convicted, each of these defendants faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release, and a maximum $2,000,000 fine for the conspiracy offense and up to 20 years in prison, at least three years of supervised release, and a maximum $1,000,000 fine on each of the other crack distribution counts.

Hodges and Rawlings were charged together in a 14-count indictment alleging conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine and thirteen substantive crack distribution counts. If convicted, each of these defendants faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release, and a maximum $2,000,000

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