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United States Attorney J.

Douglas Overbey
Eastern District of Tennessee
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: SHARRY DEDMAN-BEARD
Monday, March 26, 2018 Public Information Officer
www.justice.gov/usao/tne (865) 545-4167

FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS 44 INDIVIDUALS IN


METHAMPHETAMINE DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On January 9, 2018, a federal Grand Jury in Greeneville returned a


30-count indictment against the following individuals for their roles in the distribution of
methamphetamine:

Samuel William Aloisio, 40, of Greeneville, Tennessee


Kenneth Lee Sholtz, 49, of Summerville, Georgia
Rockcella Nicole Russell, 31, of Summerville, Georgia
Troy Dale Sholtz, 54, of Rossville, Georgia
Christal Gale Bean, 40 of Knoxville, Tennessee
Leslie William Steelman, 47, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee
Danielle Marie Coatney, 37, of Townsend, Tennessee
Elizabeth Jean Patterson, 22, of Rocky Top, Tennessee
Brandon Joseph Thorpe, 33, of Bristol, Tennessee
David Henry Estep, Jr., 38, of Church Hill, Tennessee
Lisa Carol Weems, 49, of Morristown, Tennessee
Timothy Millard Rose, 34, of Kingsport, Tennessee
Paul Joseph Whitt, II, 54, of Honaker, Virginia
Paul David Borror, 31, of Bristol, Tennessee
Jason Abraham Clements, 42, of Kingsport, Tennessee
David Dewolf Derrick, 43, of Kingsport, Tennessee
Kevin Scott Dingus, 37, of Glade Springs, Virginia
Lawrence Powell Earhart, II, 54 of Bluff City, Tennessee
John Roosevelt Farner, Jr., 40, of Piney Flats, Tennessee
Adam Randall Fulbright, 31, of Bristol, Virginia
Michael Ryan Goins, 26, of Church Hill, Tennessee
Timothy Barry Hall, 38, of Saint Paul, Virginia
Jason Darrell Larkins, 40, of Kingsport, Tennessee
Gary Allen Miller, 47, of Bristol, Tennessee
Alexander Andrew Milne, 25, of Kingsport, Tennessee
Charles William Mitchell, Jr., 34, of Bluff City, Tennessee
Crystal Diane Pharis, 37, of Bristol, Tennessee
Christopher Allen Reynolds, 36, of Bristol, Tennessee
Rachel Elizabeth Sammons, 32, of Bristol, Tennessee
Robert Jessee Estes, 47, of Rogersville, Tennessee
Marketta Rae Jarnigan, 26, of Rogersville, Tennessee
Scotty Ledon Foster, 49, of Lafayette, Georgia
Cameron Lowry, 40, of Old Hickory, Tennessee
David Alan Emery, 41, of Clinton, Tennessee
Crystal Mcguire, 42 of Powell, Tennessee
Larkin Henry Hensley, 41, of Clinton, Tennessee
Lashawn Johnson, 34, of Knoxville, Tennessee
Randall Wood, 39, of Clinton, Tennessee
Stacy Jo Ferguson, 37 of Rocky Top, Tennessee
David Dunlap, 47, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee
Edward Uthe, 53, of Mascot, Tennessee
Mitchell Chadwick Dorris, 30, of Knoxville, Tennessee
Kristen Perkins, 44, of Knoxville, Tennessee
Gerald Brummett, 39, of Clinton, Tennessee

A trial date before the Honorable Leon Jordan, Senior U.S. District Court Judge, has not yet
been set.

The indictment, on file with the U.S. District Court, alleges that each of these individuals was
involved in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of
Tennessee and elsewhere. Kenneth Sholtz, Russell, Weems, Rose, Steelman, Patterson, Thorpe, Whitt,
Borror, Derrick, Farner, Fulbright, Hall, Johnson, and Uthe were also each charged with possession of
a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Patterson, and Thorpe are each charged with an
additional count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The indictment
also alleges other charges related to the distribution and possession with the intent to distribute
methamphetamine as well as the unlawful possession firearms and money laundering.

If convicted of the methamphetamine conspiracy charge, each faces a minimum mandatory


prison term of at least 10 years and up to life, at least five years of supervised release, a fine of up to
$10,000,000, any applicable forfeiture, and a $100 special assessment. The punishment for the firearm
charges returned against Kenneth Sholtz, Russell, Weems, Rose, Steelman, Patterson, Thorpe, Whitt,
Borror, Derrick, Farner, Fulbright, Hall, Johnson, and Uthe is a minimum mandatory term of at least
five years and up to life in prison, which must be served consecutively to any other prison term
imposed, up to five years supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000, and a $100 special assessment.
Patterson and Thorpe, on the second firearms charge returned against them, face a minimum mandatory
25 years in prison to life in prison, which must be served consecutively to any other prison term.

The ongoing investigation leading to the indictment was the product of a partnership between
the Kingsport Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department,
Second Judicial Drug Task Force, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Soddy Daisy Police Department,
Clinton Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Oliver Springs Police Department, Oak
Ridge Police Department, Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force, Eighth Judicial District Crime
Task Force, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Bristol Virginia Police Department, Tennessee
Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug
Enforcement Administration, and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Gregory
Bowman and Robert M. Reeves will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every
person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation is a result of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug
Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s drug
supply reduction strategy. OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level
attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the
resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law
enforcement. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the
most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for
the nation’s drug supply.

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