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Investigation Leads to Arrests In Illegal Dilaudid Distribution Ring


July 12, 2013


A nearly year-long investigation that began in August 2012 by the Specialized Investigations Division Narcotics Unit, 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation resulted in the arrest or identification of 29 persons involved in a major hydromorphone (commonly referred to as Dilaudid) pain medication distribution ring.
After eight months of investigation, detectives first identified Ricco Vaughn, 31, as a major hydromorphine/Dilaudid dealer in Davidson County.  Vaughn’s suppliers were identified as James Hannah, 29; Kendrick Thompson, 31; and Marcellus Hall, 33.  At the time of his arrest in April, Hall was awaiting trial for a 2009 arrest for conspiracy to distribute hydromorphone/Dilaudid.
In April officers executed 21 search warrants at various residences in Davidson and surrounding counties.  Seized were 6,636 hydromorphone/Dilaudid pills, five pounds of marijuana, 80 grams of cocaine, eight grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, 237 hydrocodone pills and 60 various prescription pills.  The investigation also led to the seizure of 25 vehicles, 21 firearms, one house and $121,550 cash.
In addition to Vaughn, Hannah, Thompson and Hall, the following persons were also charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of hydromorphone/Dilaudid in a drug-free school zone:
Corey Adair Adkisson, 27, of Nashville;
James Dean Allen, 45, of Cookeville;
Calvin Lamont Birdsong, 20, of Nashville;
Shawnika L. Brewer, 30, of Nashville;
Cordell Lamont Butler, 48, of Nashville;
Deanna Estella Clark, 28, of Gallatin;
Kevin Douglas Dyer, 32, of Cookeville;
Dema Sue Genseal, 72, of Princeton, Kentucky;
Antoinette L. Hall, 29, of Nashville;
Chandra Nicole Hall, 25, of Nashville;
Derius Hambrick, 22, of Nashville;
Bobby L. Jones, 60, of Nashville
Robert W. Kirby, 46, of Cookeville
Allen W. Woudstra, 45, of Cookeville
John H. Wagner, 43, of Cookeville
Larry J. Taylor, 61, of Memphis
Lasha R. Shaw, 26, of Nashville
Patricia Powers, 40, of Cookeville
Sandra Pleasant, 56, of Nashville
Bruce E. Phillips, 45, of Madison
Carl A. Knox Jr., 36, of Hermitage

A warrant charging parolee Alvin Owens Jr., 31, of Nashville, with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of hydromorphone/Dilaudid pills within a drug-free school zone was issued yesterday.  Owens has previous felony drug convictions.  
A warrant charging Garry D. Allen, 51, of Bloomington Spring, Tennessee with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of hydromorphone/Dilaudid pills within a drug-free school zone was issued on May 2nd.
Anyone knowing Owens’ or Allen’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division at 615-782-3301 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Katherina Spurlock, 43, of Baxter also faces a felony conspiracy to distribute hydromorphone/Dilaudid charge.  She is presently jailed in Putnam County.  
The Specialized Investigations Division would like to recognize the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Mt. Juliet Crime Suppression Unit, La Vergne Police Department, United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Metro Police Crime Suppression, Interdiction, Canine, Aviation and Special Response Tactical Units for their assistance in this investigation.
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Alvin Owens Jr.Garry D. AllenJames Hurbert HannahKendrick ThompsonMarcellus HallRicco Vaughn