William R. Jones Sentenced to 22 Years

Craig Morford, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, announced that William R. Jones of Atlanta, Georgia was sentenced by United Sates District Judge William Haynes, to 22 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

The investigation of Jones started on September 20, 2005, after deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department obtained a state search warrant for the residence of James McCloud located at 557 South Walnut, Cookeville, Tennessee. Agents executed the warrant and recovered one ounce of methamphetamine and approximately $2,702.00 in United States currency in a shoe box in McCloud's bedroom. A small bag of methamphetamine was located on the kitchen table of the residence. McCloud indicated that he had received the meth from Linda Bussard.

On September 21, 2005, law enforcement agents traveled to Bussard's residence located at 1042 Maple Branch Road, Glade Creek, Tennessee and obtained consent to search Bussard's residence. A search of the residence recovered approximately one and one half pounds of methamphetamine, the majority of which was at least 98% pure. Agents also recovered $40,000 in currency, scales, three loaded handguns, and one unloaded shotgun.

Bussard indicated that her supplier was Jones who was located in Atlanta, Georgia. Bussard stated that since May of 2005, she was regularly traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to obtain large quantities of methamphetamine from Jones and his associates. The investigation revealed that since May 2005, Bussard obtained six to seven pounds of methamphetamine from Jones and his associates. Jones was arrested after agreeing to bringing one pound of methamphetamine to Bussard in Nashville, Tennessee. Bussard is awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Morford praised the coordinated efforts of Putnam County Sheriff's Department, DEA and ATF, in working up the chain from a small time player to a major out of state distributor, noting that "Lengthy sentences like the ones handed down in this case should put all drug dealers on notice that the possession and distribution of methamphetamine in this district will result in very serious consequences."

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul M. O'Brien prosecuted the case.

Source: United States Department of Justice

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