Suspects from Hawkins, Sullivan County named in 38-count federal drug indictment

    A case revealing a meth distribution ring involving 15 individuals from Hawkins and Sullivan County was unsealed by a federal judge earlier this week. (WCYB Archive)<p>{/p}

    Federal court documents reveal 15 individuals from Northeast Tennessee are among those charged in a 38-count indictment for drug trafficking in the region.

    The suspects were all named as part of a meth distribution ring that was investigated by federal agents beginning in January 2017. The case was unsealed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Clinton Corker on Wednesday.

    Those individuals named in the report are:

    • Leonard Wayne Mullinax, 48, of Gaffney, South Carolina
    • Jamie Nicole Wilson, 41, of Surgoinsville, Tennessee
    • Edward Ray Walters, 47, of Surgoinsville, Tennessee
    • Michael James Walters, 44, of Church Hill, Tennessee
    • Corey Aaron Morelock, 29, of Surgoinsville, Tennessee
    • Amber Lynn Hall, 29, of Surgoinsville, Tennessee
    • Matthew Glenn Russell, 26, of Rogersville, Tennessee
    • Christopher Lee Pyles, 43, of Rogersville, Tennessee
    • Destiny Lashay Lawson, 25, of Rogersville, Tennessee
    • Megan Rose Moore, 39, of Rogersville, Tennessee
    • Matthew Jacob Keirsey, 23, of Rogersville, Tennessee
    • Jason Ronald Burchfield, 39, of Rogersville, Tennessee
    • Beverly Ann Brooks, 33, of Kingsport, Tennessee
    • Jimmy Lee Gray, 35, of Kingsport, Tennessee
    • Jacob Donald Meyers, 25, of Church Hill, Tennessee
    • Jeannie Michelle Bowman, 45, of Surgoinsville, Tennessee

    Edward and Michael Walters, Morelock, Hall, Russell, Bowman, Wilson and Meyers are also facing weapons charges. If convicted, those suspects could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine.

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