Oct. 26– The main conspirator in a drug ring responsible for distributing large amounts of methamphetamine throughout West Tennessee, authorities say, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.
Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentencing today.
According to the indictment, the Justice Department said, between February and August 2013, Richard E. Alley, 41, of Hardin County, conspired with more than a dozen others to unlawfully distribute and possess with intent to distribute significant quantities of meth in various West Tennessee jurisdictions, including Clifton, Savannah, Wayne County and Hardin County.
The Justice Department said Operation Mexicalley, a year-and-a-half-long investigation conducted by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, revealed that Alley and 17 others were immersed in a drug ring conspiracy to distribute meth and marijuana in the state’s western district.
Fifteen of the defendants were indicted in January 2014 and three others in August 2014. Alley’s drug trafficking organization was transporting the meth from Mexico into West Tennessee for distribution, consequently the name “Operation Mexicalley.”