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*Elbert Leeshane Reese, 33, Eagle Blvd., Shelbyville, charged with distribution of crack cocaine.
*Kylan Hollis Myers, 25, Bybee Drive, McMinnville, charged with distribution of oxycodone.
*Joshua Clay Barnes, 29, Northcutt Road, McMinnville, charged with distribution of oxycodone.
All three are charged under Title 21 United States Code (USC), also known as the Controlled Substances Act.
According to Sheriff Randall Boyce, Reese has been allegedly responsible for "the importation and distribution of multi-kilos of crack cocaine" into Bedford County.
"As a result of the cooperative effort of my department with the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the FBI, Mr. Reese now faces a lengthy prison sentence in the Federal Penitentiary," Boyce said.
According to records from the Sheriff's Department, Reese has had 27 prior bookings, while Barnes and Myers only have one arrest record each in this county.
The two count federal indictment states that Reese "knowingly, intentionally and without authority possess with the intent to distribute fifty grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base (also known as 'crack')."
Reese's indictment stems from an arrest on Feb. 5, where he was charged with possession of schedule II for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Barnes and Myers were both arrested on June 2, with Barnes charged with possession of a weapon during commission of a felony, possession of schedule VI, simple possession of schedule II and criminal attempt to possess schedule II.
Myers was charged with possession of a weapon during commission of a felony, possession of schedule VI for delivery, simple possession of schedule III and criminal attempt to possess schedule II.
According to the five-count federal indictment against the pair, Barnes and Myers conspired to distribute oxycodone and marijuana, as well as knowingly possessing a firearm "in furtherance of the drug trafficking crimes" alleged in the indictment.
The trio had been on the docket for Tuesday's General Sessions Court for the crimes listed above, but before Judge Charles Rich began the day's business, he called the three forward into the waiting arms of FBI agents and sheriff officials.
The three men were all indicted on June 8 in United States District Court, Eastern District Court in Winchester, according to federal court documents.
Locally, all three had been free on bond before being taken into custody by the FBI and transported to Chattanooga for later arraignment in federal court.