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(WBIR) A total of 24 people are facing charges as part of an investigation into a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring based in East Tennessee.

A federal grand jury indicted 11 people, including nine Blount County residents on federal drug charges Tuesday.

According to a release, the grand jury indicted Blount County residents David Mayes, 57; Robert Cannon, 53; Jenni Fair, 40; Oliver Hicks, 46; Ladonald Hodge, 52; Joshua Kruse, 35; Joshua Millward, 41; Loretta Templeton, 49; and William Templeton, 52. New York residents Jerome Boone, 58; and Gordon Yearwood, 56, were also indicted.

According to court documents, Mayes would travel to New York to get cocaine and heroin from Boone. Documents state that agents learned Yearwood facilitated those meetings.

Mayes then brought the drugs back to East Tennessee and distributed it to several local street-level dealers.

A release stated the drug trafficking occurred between January and December 2014.

The release said each person, except Yearwood, are being held without bond pending a trial set for February 10, 2015.

Each person faces one-count of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin and five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.

If convicted, each person faces at least 10 years in prison and up to live, a term of supervised release of at least 5 years, and a fine of up to $10,000,000.

Meanwhile, 11 others were arrested as part of the investigation Tuesday on state charges for delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine). They include Ahmad Shereef, Jermaine Winton, Dennis Warren, Dale Schumpp, Larry Sankey, Brandon Warren, Vincent Morrison, Edward Garner, Brian Bryant, David Williams, and Justin Brown.

Those facing state charges are scheduled for initial court appearances on December 23 at 9 a.m. in Blount County General Sessions Court.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office also announced Janine Shereer and Justine Sise were picked up during the day-long operation Tuesday on outstanding warrants.

BCSO said charges are pending against other individuals.


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