20 in Loudon and Monroe counties indicted in meth conspiracy
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Twenty people, mostly from Loudon and Monroe counties, have been indicted in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
Officials say an investigation showed those involved were buying pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies and using it to manufacture methamphetamine in various locations in Lenoir City, Loudon and Sweetwater.
The following people are charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine:
In addition, Pesterfield, Roberts, Palmer, Norman, Brewster, Moser, and Gallaher were indicted for a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Roberts and Palmer were also indicted for firearms violations, including possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of more than one year in prison, and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
If convicted, all face a minimum and mandatory term of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life, a maximum fine of $10 million, and a term of supervised release of at least five years.
Roberts and Palmer additionally face a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and a term of supervised release of up to three years, as to the possession of firearms by a prohibited person charges, and a mandatory minimum and mandatory five year sentence up to life, which by statute must be served consecutively with any other prison term imposed, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and a term of supervised up to five years as to the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime charges.