Feds: 37 charged in violent drug ring led from inside Middle Tennessee prison

Mar 31, 2021

Credit doj.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor says dozens face federal charges in a violent, years-long drug ring that an inmate orchestrated from inside a Tennessee state prison using smuggled cellphones.

According to a news release from acting U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart, a federal indictment unsealed Friday charged 27 people with charges related to a large-scale conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine that has been occurring since as early as 2018.

Eight others were charged in separate indictments last week and two others had been previously charged.

The prosecutor said 29-year-old inmate Humberto Morales of Columbia, Tennessee, orchestrated the alleged conspiracy.

A federal complaint last year said Humberto was running the operation from a Wayne County prison.