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17 Indicted On Federal Drug, Firearms Charges

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Seventeen mid-state individuals have been indicted on federal charges for their participation in a string of violence and drug dealing throughout several Tennessee counties.

The U.S. Attorney's office made the announcement on Monday.

On Friday, federal, state, and local authorities arrested fifteen of the accused for their alleged participation in a drug distribution conspiracy and associated violence, including murder. Two others remain at large.

Eleven of the indicted are said to be members of the Vice Lords, a gang that has been associated with past mid-state crimes, including the slaying of two people in the Murfreesboro area.

The FBI said this should be a wake-up call to gang members in Wilson, Putnam and Davidson County who use I-40 as their "personal playpen."

Those charged with conspiracy to possess, with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana are identified as:

  • Jessie Lee Allen aka "Jeezy," 24, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • James Bean aka "Little Mighty," 27, of Decherd, Tennessee;
  • Brad Eliot Benedict aka "Kinfolk," 34, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Jeffery Jermaine Benson aka "Black," 28, of Lebanon, Tenessee;
  • Marcus Antwan Carey aka "Forty," 31, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Ricky Fenn aka 'Halfbreed," 27, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Cameron Vintez Hastings aka "Cat Dig," 26, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Jermaine L. Jackson aka "Blue," 34, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Charles Houston Mount, Jr. Aka "C-Red," 29, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee;
  • Corey Dregis Neal aka "Big Real," 40, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Raytheon Tyeaze Neal aka "Rathy," 27, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Christopher Nicholson aka "Chris Lopez," 34, of Nashville, Tennessee;
  • Sterling Reneva Rivers aka "Little Real," 24, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Monique Smith aka "Money," 40, of Cookeville, Tennessee;
  • Orlando Steverson aka "C-Nut," 29, of Lebanon, Tennessee;
  • Maurice Thompson aka "Reese," 24, of Nashville, Tennessee.

Allen, Bean, Benson, Mount and Rivers were also indicted on related federal firearms charges.

If convicted, these individuals face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Kevin Dwayne Thompson aka "Clump," 25, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee was indicted on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison

The FBI is still looking for Jeffery Benson and Sterling Rivers. They said they are armed and dangerous. If you know where they might be, call the FBI at 615-232-7500 or your local law enforcement agency.

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