“Tank” Blakemore sentenced for heroin overdose death
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Darius Jermaine Blakemore has been sentenced for 23 years in prison in federal court.
The 29 year old who was known as “Tank” was part of a heroin distribution conspiracy.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin resulting in death, along with other charges on the second day of his trial last summer.
Blakemore admits selling a gram of heroin to Jessica Rachels in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Chattanooga, using one of his runners.
Rachels gave some of it to 24 year old Logan Whiteaker of Red Bank.
A family member found Whiteaker dead on the bathroom floor of his residence the next morning, clutching a hypodermic needle.
He had just graduated from Drug Court less than 24 hours before.
Both Rachels and the runner, Joshua Corbett, have already pleaded guilty in the case and got ten year sentences.
“Heroin has proven to be a deadly poison that does not discriminate,” said J. Douglas Overbey, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Tennessee. “Its victims span gender, race, age, and economic background, and its debilitating effects are the same across all demographics. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin deaths have now surpassed gun homicides. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will not stand idle as the death toll continues to rise. We will use all of the tools available to us to hold drug dealers like Blakemore accountable for their actions,” added U.S. Attorney Overbey.