Federal grand jury indicts multiple defendants for marijuana, money laundering, and firearms offenses


Date: August 11, 2022

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A federal grand jury in Knoxville returned a four-count indictment on July 20, 2022, against Jordon Albert White, Jack Jamarcus Bolden, Anasia Annette Cherry, Tatyana Davenport, Anthony Dewayne Davis, James Anthony Johnson, Jr., Adarius Damonde McLeroy, Rebecca Hope Richey, Isaac Scott White, David Whitehead, Jr., and Kiersten Jennifer Whitehead, all of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jacob Scott Clabough, of Luttrell, Tennessee, Shawn Edward Fuller, of Maryville, Tennessee, and Yazan Arafat Abdul-Latif, a/k/a Ryan Rodgers, of Weaverville, California, for conspiracy to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Jordan White and Abdul-Latif were also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of their drug trafficking crime.

Jordon White, Cherry, Clabough, Davenport, Davis, Fuller, Johnson, McLeroy, Richey, Isaac White, David Whitehead, Jr., and Kiersten Whitehead all appeared in federal court on August 10, 2022, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jill McCook and entered pleas of not guilty to the charges in the indictment. Jordan White, Davis, Fuller, Johnson, McLeroy, and Isaac White were detained pending trial, while Cherry, Clabough, Davenport, Richey, David Whitehead, Jr., and Kiersten Whitehead were released pending trial. Bolden and Abdul-Latif have not yet appeared in federal court on these charges. Trial has been set for October 18, 2022, in United States District Court, in Knoxville, Tennessee, before the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, United States District Judge.

If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum mandatory term of imprisonment of at least 10 years up to life, up to a $10,000,000 fine, five (5) years of supervised release, and forfeiture.

U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III of the Eastern District of Tennessee made the announcement.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force ("FBI AHIDTA"), the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), and the United States Postal Inspection Service ("USPIS"). The FBI AHIDTA Task Force includes the Roane County Sheriff's Office, Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office, Blount County Sheriff's Office, and Sevier County Sheriff's Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Davidson will represent the United States.

This case was part of the Justice Department's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and HIDTA programs. OCDETF is the primary weapon of the United States against the highest-level drug trafficking organizations operating within the United States, importing drugs into the United States, or laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking. The HIDTA program enhances and coordinates drug control efforts among local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies. The program provides agencies with coordination, equipment, technology, and additional resources to combat drug trafficking and its harmful consequences in critical regions of the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.