Date: December 8, 2022 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Memphis, TN — Tony Jackson has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition and a firearm, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the sentencing today. According to the information presented in court, in May 2017, members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) began investigating the criminal activities of Tony Jackson. Investigators identified Jackson as a heroin distributor who utilized the proceeds from such sales to acquire both residences and vehicles in other individuals' names to conceal the source of his income. Additionally, despite Jackson's prohibited status, he was known to go armed. In April 2018, investigators with the Memphis Police Department responded to a shooting on East Waldorf and South Third, in which Jackson was observed in a neighboring business surveillance video exiting a vehicle and firing several rounds at the victim. A search of the area led to the recovery of a spent nine-millimeter shell casing. In August 2019, a search of Jackson's residence led to the recovery of a Glock 26 9mm pistol. Jackson pled guilty on April 19, 2022. On December 5, 2022, United States District Court Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced Jackson to 180 months imprisonment to be followed by 5 years' supervised release. Jackson agreed to pay a money judgement in the amount of $56,000 which represents the proceeds from the distribution of narcotics. This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking organizations and organized criminal enterprises, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets. This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit. United States Attorney Kevin Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Kimbril-Parks, who prosecuted the case.