published Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A dozen Chattanoogans indicted in federal cocaine conspiracy

A dozen local residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in an alleged crack-cocaine conspiracy that ran from at least January 2012 through May 2013.

If convicted on the charges, all of the defendants face a 10 year minimum sentence, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office press release. Four of those listed face a 20-year maximum sentence.

Seven of the 12 made their initial court appearances Tuesday.

Chattanooga residents:

Timothy Wade Sawyer, 45

Carol Chalk, 45,

Jackie M. Sawyer, 43

James McClendon, 47

Brandon Harris, 24

Thaddeus Lewis, 61

Antonio Mathis, 37

Connie Moore, 59,

Jeff Spencer, 32

Terry Williams, 58

Ronald Edward Todd, 43

Ooltewah resident:

Eric Crockett, 37

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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