Roderick Kornelius Ray, 28, of Selma, N.C., was sentenced on Sept. 27 to more than 10 years in prison for cocaine trafficking.
Ray was convicted on June 27, 2012, following a three-day jury trial in United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee for possessing more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute. United States District Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Ray to 124 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, and further ordered Ray to pay a $100 special assessment.
On March 17, 2011, Officer Russell Burrow with the Dyersburg Police Department, while working in conjunction with the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, conducted a traffic stop of Ray's vehicle on Highway 412 in Dyersburg. Ray fled from his vehicle and after an exhaustive search by law enforcement officers from four agencies was found in possession of 834 grams of cocaine. Investigation revealed the defendant would transport the cocaine through Tennessee and distribute it to users in North Carolina, and had sold cocaine to an informant working for the Johnston County, N.C. Sheriff's Department as recently as six days prior to his March 17, 2011 arrest.
"This in an example of the tireless dedication of our state and local officers, working in conjunction with federal law enforcement agencies, to stop the flow of narcotics along the highways of Tennessee," said Stanton. "Their hard work prevents these dangerous drugs from ending up on the streets in communities all across America."
The matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Wilson, and was part of a joint investigation by the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, the Dyersburg Police Department, the Dyer County Sheriff's Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Johnston County, North Carolina Sheriff's Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.