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Sneedville man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

March 31st, 2014 6:51 pm by Wes Bunch

Sneedville man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

GREENEVILLE — A member of a 12-person drug trafficking ring that distributed oxycodone in East Tennessee was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday during an appearance in federal court in Greeneville.

Johnny Wayne Neeley, 39, of Sneedville, was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and possessing oxycodone with intent to distribute. Upon release, Neeley must complete three years of supervised probation.

Neeley was one of 12 people named in an 18-count federal indictment in October 2012 that charged them with drug trafficking of oxycodone, oxymorphone, and methamphetamine, firearms violations and money laundering.

Federal prosecutors said the charges followed a lengthy investigation of individuals who brought drugs from out of state to sell in East Tennessee.

The conspiracy, prosecutors said, involved the equivalent of 26,000 doses of 30mg oxycodone.

Neeley was the only member of the conspiracy who elected to go to trial. He was the last of the 12 to be sentenced.

Authorities said Neely was responsible for funding trips to pill mills in Florida and other states.

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