Two Sullivan County men were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in an oxycodone trafficking conspiracy, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. A Carter County man was also sentenced today.
Michael Lelon Sharp, 50, Blountville, was sentenced to serve 72 months in prison. Donnie Ray Horne, 55, Kingsport, was sentenced to serve 71 months in prison. Jason Curtis Jones, 36, Elizabethton was sentenced to 78 months in prison.
According to the release, 17 individuals were indicted for their roles in the conspiracy. Jones and Sharp said they conspired to distribue at least 6,544 and 4,300 oxycodone pills in East Tennessee, the press release said.
Many of the pills were obtained from Michigan, Florida and Georgia and transported back to East Tennessee.
Horne was also convicted of engaging in a money laundering conspiracy. Horne assisted his son, Devin Horne, 24, Blountville, in collecting drug debts, selling oxycodone, wiring money to drug suppliers in Michigan and smuggling drugs into jail. Devin was also indicted and is scheduled to be sentenced in April.