10 Chattanoogans Charged By Federal Authorities With Dealing In Fentanyl, Meth

A federal grand jury in Chattanooga has returned a four-count indictment against 10 individuals who are charged in dealing in meth and Fentanyl.

They are Marquis Rollins, also known as “Quez” and as “Q”; Emanuel Rollins, also known as “E Man”; Malik Young, Keunte Suttles, also known as “Kay Kay Watts”; Michael Garrick, Brandon Rakestraw, also known as “Lil Buddha”; Xavier Bickerstaff, Michael Jones, Jr., also known as “Mike Watts”; Taurus Moore and Corey Long, all of Chattanooga.

A Taurus Moore who lives in Harrison said the Chattanooga man arrested with the same name is younger than he is and is not related.

The indictment alleges that between November 2021 and March 2022 in the Eastern District of Tennessee the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing Fentanyl and 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years’ imprisonment and up to a maximum of life imprisonment, five years on supervised release, and a fine of up to $10,000,000.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chattanooga Resident Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and Red Bank Police Department. Numerous agencies from the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force assisted in the investigation.

The investigation was conducted as part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s drug supply reduction strategy. OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.

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