NASHVILLE—A federal grand jury indicted and charged nine suspects with conspiracies to distribute heroin, Fentanyl and cocaine in the Clarksville area, according to U.S. attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  

The indictments, the last of which were unsealed last week, were the result of a joint investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, which began in 2018 after a series of overdoses, including overdose deaths in the area.

The indictments were returned Dec. 19 after an investigation resulted in a number of controlled buys by law enforcement and the subsequent seizure of additional quantities of heroin, Fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana; several firearms; and drug paraphernalia used in the packaging and distribution of illegal drugs. 

According to the indictments and other documents filed with the court, the conspiracy at times involved the distribution of more than 1 kilogram of heroin, causing bodily injury to another, by one or more of the defendants and more than 40 grams of Fentanyl and more than 100 grams of heroin and Fentanyl by others in the Clarksville area, including Springfield and Oak Grove, Kentucky. Court documents also indicated one or more of the suspects were possibly responsible for the distribution of more than 50 kilograms of heroin.

If convicted, the suspects face a minimum of five years and some face up to life in prison.

Those charged are Crystal Fruin, 32; Conley Johnson, 31; Colin McClain, 36; Delvin Samuels, 31; Randolph Scott, 36; Joshua Shandle, 30; Christopher Strickland, 48, all of Clarksville; and Tranisha Mitchell, 38, and Dewayne Strickland, 50, both of Detroit, Michigan.

All defendants remained in custody with the exception of McClain and Johnson.  They are fugitives and remain on the run. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call Clarksville police at 931-648-0656 or the ATF at 615-565-1400.

The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Clarksville police; Montgomery County sheriff’s investigators; the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force; Oak Grove, Kentucky police; and Christian County, Kentucky sheriff’s investigators investigated the case.

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