published Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

13 face cocaine trafficking charges

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency made a string of arrests in connection with a large cocaine trafficking organization operating out of Fayetteville, Tenn., in Lincoln county, according to a news release.

Thirteen people were arrested over the past few weeks and more arrests are pending federal charges, the release says.

DEA agents arrested Calvin Fontaine Hadley, 36; Deonzsanique Bryson, 23; Darryl Brown, 51; Tanica Berry, 31; Dominique Brooks, 25; Tony Brown, 22; Ophelia Harper, 61; Jermaine Hicks, 27; Willie Hockett, 25; Jeffery Mires, 36; and Doris Stewart, 57, all of Fayetteville, Tenn.

They also took into custody Ortegus McCrary, 36, and Terrance Nance, 57, of Huntsville, Ala.

A federal grand jury, sitting in Chattanooga, charged all 13 with conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 280 grams of cocaine base, the release says.

Certain individuals, not named in the release, also face charges related to money laundering and cocaine distribution.

All are scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Judge Harry S. Mattice, with the Eastern District of Tennessee, on Aug. 27. A conviction could lead to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, according to the release.

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