32 Indicted in Chattanooga For Federal Drug and Gun Violations

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 11/04/2013 6:35 pm

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says, "This is 32 of Chattanooga's most dangerous criminals."

They're now off the streets, along with guns and at least $125,000 worth of cocaine.

Mike Stanfill with the Drug Enforcement Administration, adds, "The Chattanooga area is going to see a significant increase in the quality of their life."

This investigation started in 2009, and has since involved local, state, and federal agencies.

Mayor Andy Berke says they worked together in a way that has never been seen before.

Mayor Berke adds, "This is really an important day in our fight against violence in the community."

A lot of the people charged have serious prior charges.

Mayor Berke adds, "Aggravated assault, attempted second degree murder on police, possession of cocaine, possession of drugs for resale, assault."

Depending on those prior charges, aome individuals are looking at ten to twenty years in prison or even a life sentence if convicted.

There is absolutely no possibility of parole.

Mayor Berke adds, "We continue to roll out the high point initiative or cease fire in an attempt to tell individuals in our community who are associated with violence, this must end, it will end."

Some of the the defendants charged stood before a federal judge Monday.

Others will go to court later this month.

This is a complete list of people charged: Indictments charge Robert Stephon North, 34, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Juanzell Jenkins, 37, of Adairsville, Ga.; Joe Jenkins, 40, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Jumoke Johnson, Jr., 20, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Shannon D. Mitchell, 29, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Gerald Toney, 33, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dejuan Cooper, 23, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Guy L. Wilkerson, Jr., 20, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Rodney Harris II, 22, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Frank White, 30, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Valentino Harris, 28, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Torrey Gilmore, 38, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Reginald D. Oakley, 39, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Tommy Ryals, 34, of Atlanta, Ga.; Juane Joseph, 19, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Leonita Blackmon, 32, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; LaJeromeny Brown, 35, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kenneth Hopkins, 49, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kentarius Nealy, 20, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Idriss Barr, 29, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Adrian Washington, 36, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Milo E. Geiger, 36, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Jerry Wayne Alexander, Jr., 41, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Johnny Caldwell, Jr., 44, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Garry Brown, 24, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Robert Siler, 27, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Thaddius L. Humphrey, 32, of Chattanooga, Tenn., with conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), and/or five kilograms or more of cocaine.  Derrick L. Smith, 22, of Chattanooga, Tenn., is charged with possession of cocaine base (“crack”) with the intent to distribute it.  Donte Taylor, 27, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Rahmon Christian, 21, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Tramale Johnson, 25, of Chattanooga, Tenn., are charged with being convicted felons in possession of firearms.  Johnson is also charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.  Finally, Stephone L. Reed, 23, of Chattanooga, Tenn., is charged with car-jacking, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

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