GREENEVILLE — A Detroit man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday after being found guilty in federal court in Greeneville of distributing prescription drugs he transported from Michigan to Tennessee.
Qwindel Jerome Page, 28, of Detroit, was ordered to serve 240 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Greer following his earlier convictions for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, conspiracy to commit money laundering and possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the charges against Page stem from an investigation that began in 2007 into a drug trafficking ring that moved prescription narcotics between Detroit and the Tri-Cities area.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Page purchased oxycodone in Michigan before recruiting couriers there to transport the pills to East Tennessee for resale.
Page then directed a group of individuals in the Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol areas to distribute the oxycodone and wire transfer the proceeds back to Detroit.
Buses, rental cars and commercial airlines were reportedly used to transport the drugs to Tennessee and profits back to Detroit.
Following his arrest, Page was found guilty in Nov. 2012 following a three-day trial to all counts of a superseding indictment handed down by a federal grand jury.
The investigation was carried out by the Second Judicial Drug Task Force, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the IRS-Criminal Investigations Division as part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program.
According to the DOJ, OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level operations against major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations by combining the resources of federal agencies with those of state and local law enforcement.