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					NEWS RELEASE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA

Julia C. Dudley Acting United States Attorney Brian McGinn Media Contact October 14, 2008

Thomas B. Mason Building 105 Franklin Rd., S.W. Roanoke, Virginia 24011 (540) 857-2250 FAX (540) 857-2180

JURY CONVICTS TWO AND TWENTY-ONE DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY IN KANTSTOP RECORDS CASE Acting United States Attorney Julia C. Dudley announced today that a federal jury sitting in Abingdon, Virginia convicted two members of a cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking organization that had been a target of a year-and-a-half long investigation by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Anthony Eugene Duty, 46, of Bristol, Virginia, and Robin Marie Davis, 51, of Abingdon, Virginia, were convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine after a five-day jury trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Virginia. Additionally, to date, twenty-one other members of the conspiracy have entered pleas of guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. According to evidence presented at trial by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary Lee, Duty and Davis were members of the drug trafficking organization centered around Derrick Lamont Evans and Kerry Donnell Lee, both of Burlington, North Carolina. The evidence presented showed that the crack cocaine trafficking organization transported large quantities of powder cocaine and crack cocaine to Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee between January 2003 and April 2008. Duty assisted the organization by allowing Derrick Evans and others to distribute crack cocaine from a car repair shop he rented on 6th Street Extension in Bristol, Tennessee, and also by distributing crack cocaine himself in Bristol, Virginia. Evidence presented at trial also demonstrated that Davis was a sub-distributor for two distributors within the organization, Marcus Watkins and LeAnn Berry, who primarily distributed crack cocaine in Abingdon, Virginia and Bristol, Virginia. Davis faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for her prior conviction for a felony drug offense. Duty faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $4,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment.

Prior to Duty and Davis’ trial, twenty-one other members of the conspiracy entered pleas of guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base. Those individuals are: 1) Derek Lamont Evans - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $8,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for his prior conviction for a felony drug offense. Emmanuel Morton - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for his prior conviction for a felony drug offense. Kristy Stowers - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Darrell Hughesfaces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for his prior conviction for a felony drug offense. Brittany Branch - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. LeAnn Berry - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Chere Crain - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Herchel Davis, Jr. - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Andre Watkins - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for his prior conviction for a felony drug offense. Kerry Donnell Lee - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for his prior conviction for a felony drug offense.

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Candace Maynard - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Sean Statzer - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Gregory Meade - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Tammy Stallworth -faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $8,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for her prior conviction for a felony drug offense. Shantha Calhoun - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Valerie Lester - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $4,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Paul Vaughn - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for his prior conviction for a felony drug offense. April Stiltner - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. She also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Marcus Watkins -faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for his prior conviction for a felony drug offense. Bryant Kelly Pride - faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment based upon a sentencing enhancement filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for his prior conviction for a felony drug offense. Timothy Norton faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment.

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Finally, seven other members of the conspiracy have signed plea agreements that have been filed with the court indicating their intention to enter pleas of guilty on October 27, 2008. The investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Bristol, Tennessee Police Department, Bristol, Virginia Police Department, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Abingdon Police Department, Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Department, Virginia State Police, and the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force. The investigation was assisted by the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office, Washington County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, City of Bristol Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee of the United States Attorney’s Office in Abingdon is prosecuting the case.

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