A single-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Nashville this past week was unsealed Monday, charging 24 defendants with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distributing diverted prescription pills, announced David Rivera, acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
The diverted pills contained the controlled substances Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Oxymorphone and Buprenorphine. The respective brand names for the pills containing those controlled substances are Roxicodone, Dilaudid, Opana, Oxymorphone and Subutex.
“Prescription drug abuse and diversion is an epidemic facing our nation,” Rivera said. “The vast number of people addicted to painkillers and the increasing number of overdose deaths attributable to these illegally obtained drugs is unacceptable. We must continue to combine the resources of our law enforcement agencies and engage our communities to reduce the number of illicit pills available to the public.
“The diversion and abuse of prescription drugs in Tennessee is presently the number one drug threat in the state,” said Michael Stanfill, assistant special agent-in-charge of DEA in Tennessee. “This investigation is an excellent example of federal, state, and local agencies combining resources to attack this issue.”
Local, state and federal law enforcement officers, Monday morning, began arresting those named in the indictment and were executing nine federal search warrants in connection with the investigation.
Those charged in the indictment are:
1. Kenneth Edward Stafford, 26, of Lebanon
2. Kacee Anne Breeden, 28, of Lebanon
3. Rashad Woodside a/k/a “Goma,” 37, of North Miami, Fla.
4. Nicholas Adam Young a/k/a “Nick,” 26, of Lebanon
5. Michael Jordan a/k/a “Billy Bob,” 26, of Watertown
6. Ronnie Dustin E. McCulloch a/k/a “Dustin,” 24, of Watertown
7. Dereck Scott Weatherspoon, 27, of Mt. Juliet
8. William Chad Nixon a/k/a “Chad,” 26, of Lebanon
9. Michael Chad Corley a/k/a “Chad,” 31, of Lebanon
10. Phillip Wayne Allen, 36, of Lebanon
11. Fletcher Denning, 22, of Mt. Juliet
12. Amanda Meyers, 28, of Lebanon
13. Tammy Bristow, 33, of Castalian Springs
14. Anthony Lee Collins, Jr. a/k/a “TJ” 27, of Lebanon
15. Marcy Jo Pickler, 32, of Lebanon
16. Kyle Oakley, 27, of Mt. Juliet
17. Amy Nichole Murphy, 34, of Lebanon
18. Caitlin Michelle Gibson a/k/a “Katie Bug,” 21, of Lebanon
19. James Lester Massey, 43, of Castalian Springs
20. Thomas Roberts, 41, of Lebanon
21. Robert Anthony Taylor a/k/a “Tony,” 27, of Lebanon
22. Sammie Lanette Crutcher, 28, of Lebanon
23. Peter Lewis, 31, of Lebanon
24. Ryan Moore a/k/a “Rhino,” 23, of Lebanon
The charged offense carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lebanon Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Mt. Juliet Police Department, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, the Franklin Police Department, and the Clarksville Police Department, the Crossville Police Department, with assistance by the U.S. Marshals Service. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent A. Hannafan.
An indictment is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.