Posted 2/19/24

A federal judge has sentenced a Lewis County man to more than 22 years in federal prison for his role in an organized drug trafficking scheme.

William Rainey, 46, of Hohenwald, was the last of 11 people in western Tennessee to be sentenced in the case.

According to information presented in court, in June of 2019 investigators learned of a drug trafficking organization operating in West Tennessee. Investigators determined Rainey was responsible for trafficking approximately 90 pounds of high purity methamphetamine, making regular trips to his supplier in Kansas until his arrest in November 2019. Rainey and 10 people who obtained and redistributed methamphetamine from him were indicted in January 2020. 

September 21, 2021, Rainey pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine.  He was sentenced Rainey to 275 months in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Additionally, the following co-conspirators pled guilty and were sentenced in Senior United States District Court… Randal Tinin of Linden, Blake Barnett of Parsons, Tenesha Davies of Scotts Hill, Christopher Fisher of Readyville, Savannah Hasher of Darden, Trista Middleton of  Decaturville, Hayley Brodie of Jackson,  Shannon Kelley of Scotts Hill, Timothy Stanfill of Huron, Jamie Hickman of Huntingdon, and Jason Moody of Lexington,

This investigation was conducted as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation.

This case was investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force; Decatur County Sheriff’s Department; Lexington Police Department; and Selmer Police Department.