Cedar Grove woman receives federal sentence

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A Cedar Grove woman, Brandi Oswalt, 32, has recently been sentenced to 170 months in federal prison. She was found guilty of playing a role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 156 grams of methamphetamine. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S Attorney announced the sentence.
Back in November 2018, a Title III order was obtained for interception of wire and electronic communications for a telephone being used by a drug trafficking organization. Those intercepted communications showed that members of Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) had developed a network ranging from multiple counties and judicial districts in Tennessee.
   Moving forward to December 2018, a second Title III order was attained for the interception of wire and electronic communication of not one, but two phones. It was confirmed that members of the drug trafficking organization were transporting narcotics to the western district.
   Multiple interviews, and search warrants had taken place, along with a continued investigation. They had gained evidence that revealed Brandi Oswalt was a distributor for the DTO. Oswalt would travel to the residence of members of the conspiracies. This is where she would purchase the methamphetamine. But a codefendant would also purchase for her, on her behalf.
   In 2010, she gained a felony conviction for methamphetamine offences in Henderson County. Also, in 2018 she gained another conviction in Decatur County. Therefore, she is a career drug offender under federal law. Oswalt was responsible for distributing over 4.5 kilos of actual methamphetamine.
   On August 12, U.S District Court Senior Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Brandi Oswalt to 170 months in federal prison followed by five years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
Dunavant said, “This sentence presents another great example of law enforcement working together to hold meth traffickers accountable.”

He also added, “Criminal enterprises that distribute these harmful drugs into our rural communities can no longer hide. We are taking the fight to the drug trafficking organizations in order to dismantle them and remove them from our streets.”
   The federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) and the Lexington Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Kitchen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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