Drug Enforcement Administration

Atlanta

Robert J. Murphy, Jr., Special Agent in Charge

March 17, 2016

Contact: Chuvalo Truesdell

Phone Number: (404) 893-7000

Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - On March 14, 2016, Tito Charles, 30, of Greeneville, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 15 years in federal prison by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. Upon his release from prison, Charles will be supervised for 10 years by U.S. Probation.

Charles pleaded guilty to a federal indictment charging him with Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine. He was obtaining high purity methamphetamine from sources of supply near Atlanta, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn., and distributing the drug in east Tennessee. In February 2015, Greene County deputies arrested Charles in a parking lot in Greeneville, Tenn., with approximately one pound of methamphetamine and $31,391 in cash. He was released on bond later that same day. In March 2015, a multi-agency team investigating the drug trafficking network that Charles was a part of, arrested him again as he was transporting an additional pound of methamphetamine into Greene County via Highway 172.

This investigation was a collaborative effort of several law enforcement agencies including the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, the Third Judicial Drug Task Force, the Greeneville Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA). The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance in the prosecution of the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Christian Lampe represented the United States.

The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.


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