A Newport man will spend 18 years in federal prison for his part in a drug distribution ring.
According to the FBI, William H. McMahan, Jr., 41, of Newport, Tennessee, was sentenced on August 20 in U.S. District Court at Greeneville, for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute 1,713 kilograms of marijuana, 14 kilograms of cocaine, and 2,705 (30 milligram) oxycodone pills, as well as laundering money.
In addition to the prison sentence, the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, entered a monetary judgment against McMahan in the amount of $1,000,000. McMahan also agreed to forfeit three parcels of real property in Newport and Sevierville, Tennessee.
"The elimination of this criminal enterprise in Cocke County is notice to those who would distribute drugs in the Eastern District of Tennessee that we continue to work with federal, state, and local law enforcement to impose the most severe sentences in these cases. Not only are the violators facing long prison sentences, but their drug proceeds, houses, cars, and other assets will be forfeited," said U.S. Attorney William C. Killian.
McMahan pleaded guilty on March 26, 2012, to a federal indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone; conspiracy to launder money; possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine, and oxycodone; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking offenses; possession of firearms by a drug user; and money laundering.
He wasindicted along with twenty others in October 2011, after a three-year investigation conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of investigation. The Tennessee Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force, Hamblen County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force, Blount County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Morristown High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, also provided valuable assistance during the course of the investigation.