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Jackson, TN – Christopher Lee Faulcon, a/k/a “Wheezy”, 35, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, has been sentenced to life in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. D. Michael Dunavant, United States Attorney announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, beginning in early 2017, the FBI and Dyersburg Police Department became aware of an ongoing drug trafficking organization in the West Tennessee area, specifically Dyer County, Tennessee. The investigation, which lasted approximately one year, revealed that the organization was trafficking crystal methamphetamine (ice) from multiple residential locations within the City of Dyersburg. As a result, law enforcement officers developed further information from numerous sources which led to the execution of search warrants at residences of targets, search warrants for a stash house and a storage unit, search warrants for Facebook information, and search warrants for text messages. In order to further the investigation, agents also conducted traffic stops, obtained information from confidential sources, and made controlled purchases from the targets.

The majority of the crystal methamphetamine (ice) recovered was tested at Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) laboratories and was determined to be 99% pure crystal methamphetamine. The investigation further revealed that the drug trafficking organization distributed over 14 kilograms of ice during the time in question. Law enforcement recovered five firearms and over $79,000 in currency. As a result of his three prior felony convictions, Faulcon is prohibited by federal law from possession of firearms or ammunition.

In February, 2018, Faulcon was charged in an 18-count indictment along with six other co-defendants with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual

methamphetamine. https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtn/pr/seven-suspects-arrested-west-tennessee-federal-drug-trafficking-charges-1

On November 8, 2018, Faulcon pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. On November 4, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Faulcon to life in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: “Drug trafficking offenses are at the root of some of the gravest problems facing our country. The ‘fruit’ of the drug plague is everywhere; it fills our jails, our courts, our streets, and our nurseries. Accordingly, given that drug dealers themselves sentence many individuals to a lifetime of addiction and dependency, a life sentence for repeatedly dealing large quantities of dangerous drugs is a just and proper punishment in this case. Criminal enterprises that distribute harmful drugs into our rural communities can no longer hide, and this maximum sentence demonstrates our ability to dismantle their organizations.”

Other members of the drug trafficking organization have been previously been sentenced, including:

• On May 3, 2019, Damien Nixon, 39, of Gates, TN, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison. https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtn/pr/damien-nixon-sentenced-240months-imprisonment-his-involvement-drug-trafficking

• On February 26, 2019, Patricia Wilson, a/k/a “PJ”, 31, of Dyersburg, TN, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison. https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtn/pr/dyersburg-resident-sentenced-20-years-imprisonment-federal-drug-trafficking-charges

The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the Dyersburg Police Department investigated this case.

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, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt and dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Kitchen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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