Eleven Men Plead Guilty in Tennessee Drug Trafficking Case

Eleven men have pled guilty to conspiring to distribute controlled substances in Tennessee and other states.

Eleven members of a drug trafficking conspiracy have pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances in middle Tennessee, as announced by United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The individuals who pled guilty are:

– Davontay Holt, 30, of Columbia, Tennessee, on April 8, 2024

– Ricardo Molinero-Alcarez, 29, of Santa Rosa, California, on April 9, 2024

– Khyre McClain, 21, of Columbia, Tennessee, on May 17, 2024

– Marcus Johnson, 26, of Santa Rosa, California, on May 29, 2024

– Ethan Kimes, 22, of Columbia, Tennessee, on May 29, 2024

– Jahari Armstrong, 22, of Columbia, Tennessee, on May 29, 2024

– Jaydan Armstrong, 22, of Columbia, Tennessee, on May 29, 2024

– Mathew Cox, 28, of Santa Rosa, California, on June 7, 2024

– Tristain Orr, 24, of Columbia, Tennessee, on June 17, 2024

– Jonny Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 25, Elmira, California, on June 17, 2024

– Quortez Duncan, 36, of Columbia, Tennessee, on June 18, 2024

According to charging and plea documents, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations were investigating the distribution of methamphetamine, marijuana, and counterfeit fentanyl-laced Oxycodone tablets, marked with the inscription “M30,” which were being shipped from the Santa Rosa, California, area to Tennessee and more than a dozen other states. The investigation included surveillance, review of social media sites, and mobile payment records, which helped identify members of the drug distribution network. Law enforcement officers in Columbia, Tennessee, executed several search warrants of the defendants’ residences, recovering loaded firearms and blue tablets inscribed “M30.”

On July 25, 2022, HSI agents seized a package from a UPS Store in Sebastopol, California, destined for Nashville. This package contained thousands of counterfeit fentanyl-laced Oxycodone “M30” tablets weighing over two kilograms, along with more than eight pounds of methamphetamine. On August 9, 2022, HSI agents intercepted two additional packages from the Santa Rosa area destined for residences in Nashville. One package contained 472 grams of the counterfeit fentanyl-laced Oxycodone “M30” tablets, while the other contained approximately four pounds of methamphetamine.

The defendants will be sentenced before United States District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., in the spring of 2025. Cox, Johnson, Molinero-Alcarez, McClain, Rodriguez-Gonzalez, and Duncan face up to life imprisonment and a $10,000,000 fine. Holt, Orr, Kimes, Jahari Armstrong, and Jaydan Armstrong face up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Homeland Security Investigations; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis Field Office, Nashville Resident Agency; and the Columbia Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ahmed Safeeullah and Rachel Stephens are prosecuting the case.

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