A federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned a nine count indictment on November 26 charging 12 people with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (known as crack) and/or 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.
Those charged are:
Timothy Wade Sawyer, 45, Chattanooga
Carol Chalk, 45, Chattanooga
Eric Crockett, 37, Ooltewah
Jackie M. Sawyer, 43, Chattanooga
James McClendon, 47, Chattanooga
Brandon Harris, 24, Chattanooga
Thaddeus Lewis, 61, Chattanooga
Antonio Mathis, 37, Chattanooga
Connie Moore, 59, Chattanooga
Jeff Spencer, 32, Chattanooga
Terry Williams, 58, Chattanooga
Ronald Edward Todd, 43, Chattanooga
Carol Chalk, Brandon Harris, Thaddeus Lewis, Antonio Mathis, Connie Moore, Terry Williams, and Ronald Edward Todd made initial court appearances December 10 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee in the U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.
If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and is exposed to a maximum term of life imprisonment.
Due to prior criminal history, some of the defendants may face an increased mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years.