BY KEN LITTLE
A Greeneville man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to serve more than 10 years in federal prison for his participation in a conspiracy "responsible for the distribution of large quantities of oxycodone and money laundering in the area," William C. Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said in a news release.
Tracy Haney, 42, "participated in a large number of organized trips to various pain clinics with other co-conspirators across the Southeast region of the United States to obtain oxycodone pills," the release said.
The pills were transported back to the Greeneville area and sold. Haney stipulated that he was accountable for at least 4,185 oxycodone pills, court documents state.
Haney was sentenced to a federal prison term of 121 months by U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor prosecuted the case.
Prosecutors said Haney rented a car in his name in February 2010 that was used by co-defendants Frankie L. Crum and Billy Gene Taylor to drive to Memphis and pick up more than 140 pounds of marijuana.
On the return trip to Greeneville, Taylor was pulled over by a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper. A search of the trunk of the car resulted in the seizure of 144 pounds of marijuana.
Taylor was sentenced in August to serve 144 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy. Sentencing for Crum is set for December.
The overall criminal conspiracy operated between 2005 and 2012 and involved 13 indicted individuals, an earlier news release said.
In May 2010, Taylor and Haney were observed on videotape surveillance at a credit union in Kingsport with $30,000 in cash, which was acquired through drug sales, to purchase a BMW for co-defendant Frankie L. Crum and title it in someone else's name, the news release said.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Greene County Sheriff's Office, Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office, and Morristown Police Department.
The case was part of the Department's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) programs.