DOJ rounds up 21; accused of trafficking more than ton of marijuana

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Twenty-one people were rounded up on drug and gun charges over the past several weeks, according to Dept. of Justice indictment unsealed on Tuesday.

The suspects face a total of 45 charges, which were handed down by a Grand Jury in Greeneville on September 13. They are accused of possessing and trying to sell more than a ton of marijuana, more than ten pounds of cocaine, and oxycodone as well as money laundering and possession of firearms.

All of the suspects are in custody, according to the Dept. of Justice, and were identified as:
1. William McMahan, Jr., 35, of Newport, Tenn.;
2. Buford Rogers, 65, of Knoxville, Tenn.;
3. Lee Sharp, 56, of Sharps Chapel, Tenn.;
4. Rodney Settles, 47, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.;
5. Audrey Jinks, 36, of Newport, Tenn.:
6. Richard Black, 45, of Cosby, Tenn.;.
7. Joyce Roberts, 44, of Newport, Tenn.;
8. Victor Loveday, Sr., 57, of Maryville, Tenn.;
9. Danny Richardson, 28, of New Tazewell, Tenn.;
10. Robbie Langford, 30,of Knoxville, Tenn.;
11. Charles Parker, 35, of Powell, Tenn.;
12. Dallas Parsley, 70, of East Bernstadt, Ky.;
13. Billy Gibson, 45, of Newport, Tenn.;
14. Jayson Cox, 35, of Maryville, Tenn.;
15. Victor Loveday, Jr., 31, of Maryville, Tenn.;
16. Monica Denton, 28, of Newport, Tenn.;
17. Gary Bridges, 51, of Sharps Chapel, Tenn.;
18. Terry Miller, 57, of Hartford, Tenn.;
19. Melonie Montanaro, 25, of Newport, Tenn.;
20. Brandon Miller, 25, of Newport, Tenn.; and,
21. Rodney Tullock, 48, of Afton, Tenn.

If they are convicted, they will face a mandatory ten year prison sentence and a ten million dollar fine, in addition to supervised release when they get out. The firearms charges could also carry five year prison sentences, which would be imposed consecutively to the drug trafficking charges.

Their expected to appear in court on November 1, 2011.


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