News Release
June 27, 2007
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Jackson, Tennessee Resident on Drug
and Money Laundering Charges

JUN 27 -- Jackson, TN- Marcellous Dunyell Martin, 29, of Jackson, Tennessee, was charged in a 31 count indictment with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, making false statements, and money laundering announced Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Field Division, David Kustoff, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, My Harrison, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Memphis Field Office, Mark Gwyn, Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Dave McGriff, Director of the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, David L. Woolfork, Sheriff of Madison County, and Richard Staples, Chief of the Jackson Police Department.  Martin was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 18, 2007 in a superseding indictment which was unsealed on June 25, 2007. 

According to the indictment, Martin conspired with individuals from Memphis and other areas to purchase large amounts of cocaine from Texas and then distribute it throughout West Tennessee.  As alleged in the indictment, it was Martin’s intention to keep his organization’s customers in constant supply of cocaine in violation of Title 21, USC, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846.

The indictment further alleges that Martin made false statements on loan applications at the Bank of America and the Bank of Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee and the Bank of Bartlett in Bartlett, Tennessee.  As noted in the indictment, Martin presented fraudulent IRS forms that he had in fact never filed with the IRS showing various income amounts in violation of Title 18, USC, Section 1014.

Counts 5-31 in the Indictment allege acts of money laundering whereby Martin attempted to conceal the proceeds of the sale of cocaine while making cash deposits into various financial institutions in violation of Title 18, USC, Section 1956(a)(1)(A)(i) and Title 18, USC, Section 1956(a)(B)(ii).

The conspiracy charge carries a penalty of not less than 10 years in prison.  Each charge of bank fraud carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and the money laundering charges carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison each.

Special Agent in Charge Rodney G. Benson stated, "Those persons involved in drug trafficking and other related crimes such as money laundering are a true menace to society. Today we are proud to announce that justice has been served. This investigation was done in the spirit of true cooperation between a multitude of law enforcement agencies."

 “Yesterday’s indictment demonstrates that the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and departments in Madison County have worked very hard investigating this matter and are working diligently to make Jackson a safe community,” said US Attorney Kustoff.

“This investigation again demonstrates what can be accomplished when local, state and federal agencies work together with a common goal,” stated Special Agent in Charge Harrison.

“The arrest of Marcellous Dunyell Martin is another example of law enforcement agencies working together.  Through the cooperative efforts of the federal, state and local agencies, a major narcotic dealer was indicted and removed from the streets,” commented Sheriff Woolfork.

“I am proud that the cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement led to the arrest of one of West Tennessee’s major drug dealers,” stated Director Gwyn.

“We salute the diligence of the US Attorney’s Office in bringing this case to indictment with assistance from the local law enforcement,” said Director McGriff.

“This has been a long term investigation, and the persistence and diligence of law enforcement has brought this case to indictment.  This kind of cooperation among law enforcement, in removing a major drug dealer from the streets of Jackson, will make Jackson a safer community,” commented Chief Staples.       

This case is being investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, Jackson/Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit, Jackson Police Department Gang Enforcement Team, Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Madison County SWAT Team. Assistant United States Attorney Jerry Kitchen is prosecuting the case for the government.


Note:  Charges brought against a person through an Indictment are accusations only.  That person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.