Between September 2011 and February 2013, the 32 individuals, listed below have all pleaded guilty to various drug conspiracies related to cocaine, marijuana, and oxycodone. View mugshots here
1. William A. Lawson, 66, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
2. Randal Michael Lawson, 57, of Limestone, Tenn.;
3. James Light, 64, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
4. Kenneth A. Lawson, 45, of Limestone, Tenn.;
5. Tia L. Lawson, 40, Kingsport, Tenn.;
6. Elia Maria Camacho Garcia, 30, Burlington, N.C.;
7. Brock A. Lawson, 26, Rogersville, Tenn.;
8. Jeffrey M. Bledsoe, 31, Kingsport, Tenn.;
9. Jessica L. Lawson, 32, Bristol, Tenn.;
10. Charles T. Laing, 30, Boynton Beach, Fla.;
11. Jackie D. Dykes, 48, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
12. Michael L. Dykes, 51, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
13. Lorne L. Loucel, 32, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
14. Lisa A. Crawford, 37, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
15. Virginia D. Light, 49, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
16. Asa Kermit M. Calhoun, 33, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
17. Steve A. Gooch, 29, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
18. Jonathan L. Light, 24, of Kingsport, Tenn.;
19. Jeremy R. Light, 28, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
20. Michael B. Dykes, 30, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
21. Daniel L. Dykes, 29, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
22. Christy D. Dykes, 32, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
23. Levi D. Love, 24, of Kingsport, Tenn.;
24. Shandeeda M. Compton, 31, of Rogersville, Tenn.;
25. Jessica R. Bernard, 23, Greeneville, Tenn.;
26. Cody A. Arnold, 27, Greeneville, Tenn.;
27. Joyce L. Malone, 35, Greeneville, Tenn.;
28. Christopher L. Tipton, 30, Afton, Tenn.;
29. Abbey M. Armstrong, 28, Greeneville, Tenn.;
30. Amanda D. Bernard, 23, Greeneville, Tenn.;
31. Christy R. Seay, 39, Greeneville, Tenn.; and
32. Marvin Neal Southerland, 34, Greeneville, Tenn.
This investigation began in 2009 and targeted individuals in the Tennessee counties of Greene, Sullivan, and Hawkins, who were trafficking in large quantities of cocaine and marijuana supplied by a drug trafficking organization in North Carolina.
In addition, individuals in Tennessee were distributing large quantities of oxycodone pills obtained from Nevada and Georgia.
In 2010, Laing and other individuals opened The Liberty Wellness Pain Clinic in Norcross, Ga., and began using the clinic to obtain oxycodone for distribution in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
In April 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Georgia raided the clinic and shut down its operations.
During the investigation, the DEA, in conjunction with agencies in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia, seized a total of 105 kilograms of cocaine, 271 pounds of marijuana, hundreds of oxycodone pills, multiple firearms, approximately $2.5 million in cash, and three parcels of real property in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
In total, the investigation revealed that, between 2002 and 2012, approximately 6,545 kilograms of marijuana, 35 kilograms of cocaine, and over 20,000 oxycodone pills were distributed in the Eastern District of Tennessee by these individuals.
“These cases are an example of extraordinary cooperation and effort on behalf of several local, state, and federal agencies," said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian. "With the substantial support of these local and state law enforcement agencies, we were able to convict a large number of individuals associated with this very significant drug operation. There were millions of dollars, hundreds of pounds of cocaine, marijuana, and tens of thousands of oxycodone pills involved in this widespread illegal operation. The investigation continues."