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Another member of the “Chicken Head Mafia” was sentenced this week to a federal lengthy prison term for his role in a major methamphetamine distribution organization.

Jeffery Brian Wills, 27, of Greeneville, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville to a 20-year prison term following a conviction for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in East Tennessee, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of Tennessee.

Wills, also known as “’Fro,” was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Court Judge R. Leon Jordan.

Wills and two other Greene County residents were among 27 people indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2016 on a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Wills admitted that he was responsible for distributing at least 2.2 pounds but less than 9.9 pounds of meth in East Tennessee, according to his plea agreement on file with U.S. District Court.

The plea states that Wills “sold varying quantities of methamphetamine in June and December 2015 to an individual cooperating on behalf of law enforcement.”

In October 2015, law enforcement officers searched a motel room in Morristown occupied by Wills and a co-conspirator, and found approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine, approximately $4,000 and miscellaneous narcotic pills.

‘CHM’ KEYS

A bag containing some of the meth and Wills’ keys had “CHM” lettering on it. “CHM” stands for the Chicken Head Mafia.

Wills and co-defendants Ricky Dale Munsey, 48, of Del Rio; and Joel Hosea Beasley, 37, of Mooresburg, “were part of the ‘CHM’ crew,” according to the news release.

Wills also admitted to investigators that another individual began purchasing one ounce of methamphetamine per week from him in March 2015. By the end of May 2015, the individual was purchasing one to two ounces of methamphetamine from Wills per day, the news release said.

In April 2016, co-defendant Christopher Williams, 47, of Hamblen County, was arrested in Knox County carrying a suitcase with over nine pounds of meth.

“Wills and Munsey, among others, were awaiting Williams’ arrival to obtain their share of the methamphetamine obtained from Georgia when Williams was arrested making a delivery to another customer,” the release states.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation included the FBI, Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, Morristown Police Department and the 3rd and 4th Judicial District drug task forces.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the government in the Wills case.

In March, another “Chicken Head Mafia” member, Steven Dwight Hopkins, 46, of Mooresburg in Hawkins County, received a 20-year prison sentence in U.S. District Court for his role in the meth distribution conspiracy.

Federal Court documents in connection with the Hopkins case stated that Hopkins admitted that “at times,” he obtained eight to 10 ounces of meth per week from co-defendant Ricky Dale Munsey, 48, of Del Rio.

Munsey is also charged in connection with his alleged role in the meth conspiracy. His case is pending.

VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

Wills has previous serious criminal felony convictions in Greene County.

In January 2012, he pleaded guilty in Greene County Criminal Court to one count of vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and other offenses in connection with an Aug. 30, 2010 wreck on Milburnton Road in northeastern Greene County.

Arrest warrants filed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol said that Wills rammed his 2000 Toyota Tundra pickup into the rear of a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by 19-year-old Jackie Ricker, of Rheatown, causing the SUV to leave the road, overturn and strike a tree. Ricker died from injuries suffered in the crash.

The wreck happened after an illegal drug transaction between Wills and one of the passengers in the SUV, according to a THP warrant.

Wills had three passengers in his pickup truck at the time of the crash, including a 3-year-old boy, according to warrants, and the Explorer had two passengers in addition to the driver.

Wills completed his state prison sentence in connection with the vehicular homicide case plea in February 2014, according to state Department of Correction records.

The U.S. District Court cases of the other two Greene County defendants named in the May 2016 federal drug-related indictment, 33-year-old Louise Musson, of Greeneville, and 43-year-old Maria Smelcer, of Mosheim, are pending.

 

 

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