by Melydia Clewell
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A Chattanooga woman will spend five years in prison for distributing cocaine and crack cocaine.
US District Court Judge Sandy Mattice sentenced Marisha "Pebbles" Peters in a federal courtroom in Chattanooga this morning. In addition to the prison term, Mattice ordered Peters to serve four years on supervised probation following her incarceration. His sentencing order indicates Peters will receive 500 hours of substance abuse treatment from the federal Bureau of Prisons.
The Plea Agreement shows ATF agents from another state learned of a large scale drug ring operating in southeast Tennessee. A confidential informant helped the feds build the case that ultimately led to Peters' arrest in 2008. She confessed to routinely picking up large quantities of coke from a supplier and selling the drugs to street dealers over a period of several years.
More than a dozen people have been arrested since the investigation began.
The defendant, Brandon Banks, is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.More