Five Lebanon men are among eight individuals charged with various offenses relating to a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in the Middle Tennessee area, according to David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
A federal grand jury in Nashville returned a 25-count indictment on July 6. Three of the defendants were also charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Last week, federal, state and local law enforcement officers began arresting those named in the indictment. All are currently in custody.
The indictment charges the following individuals with conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine between February 2015 and July 2016: Jason Johnston, 47, of Lebanon; Gary Lester, 41, of Lebanon; Matthew Peeden, 28, of Lebanon; George Marsh, 51, of Lebanon; Robert Pelletier, 33, of Lebanon; Brian "Tank" Randall, 50, of Castalian Springs; Sabrina Boblett, 48, of Castalian Springs; and Frank Bishop, 41, of Nashville.
Bishop, Marsh and Pelletier were charged in the indictment with knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
If convicted of the drug trafficking conspiracy, Randall and Bishop face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison. Other defendants face up to 20 years in prison, and Bishop, Marsh and Pelletier face an additional mandatory consecutive sentence of at least five years in prison for the firearm offenses.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Lebanon Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed A. Safeeullah.
An indictment is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.