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Operation Mexicalley drug boss sentenced to 144 months

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Drug boss Richard E. Alley was sentenced to 144 months in prison for leading a ring responsible for distributing massive amounts of methamphetamine throughout West Tennessee, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee announced Monday.

According to the indictment, between February and August 2013, 41-year-old Alley conspired with more than a dozen others to distribute significant quantities of meth and marijuana in various West Tennessee jurisdictions, including Clifton, Savannah, Wayne County and Hardin County.

His indictment was the result of Operation Mexicalley, a year-and-a-half-long investigation conducted by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. 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, hence the name “Operation Mexicalley.” Thus far, 17 of the defendants have pled guilty and 14 have been sentenced. One defendant, Oscar Alvarez Franco, remains a fugitive.

Over the course of Operation Mexicalley’s duration, 13 state and federal search warrants were executed on residences of the defendants. During these searches, law enforcement officials seized more than 640 grams of meth and over 80 grams of marijuana. Law enforcement also seized 75 firearms, which included an arsenal of pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns.

In July 2015, Alley pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute meth. He also pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting, distributing, attempting to distribute, and possessing with intent t0 distribute meth.

Last week, Chief U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Alley to 144 months on the conspiracy charge and 60 months on the aiding and abetting charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.

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