KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Eighteen people have been sentenced to a combined total of nearly 300 years in prison in a heroin trafficking conspiracy that officials say stretched from Chicago to Knox and Sevier counties.
Alfred Maron Williams, Eric Martel Abrams, Jamie Paul Click and Carla Heather Arwood were convicted in October of 12 counts each of conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin over 150 grams in a drug free school zone.
Williams was also convicted of four counts of sale or delivery of heroin, two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, unlawful possession of a handgun, tampering with evidence, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After a sentencing hearing, Judge Steve Sword sentenced Williams, Click and Abrams to 25 years in prison each, and Arwood to 15 years in prison.
Click was also prosecuted for multiple heroin sales in Sevier County and was sentenced to 80 years in prison for those cases.
Fourteen other accused conspirators pleaded guilty to their roles. Together they were sentenced to a total of 297 years in prison.
The investigation was led by Knoxville Police Department Officer Phil Jinks, who uncovered a Chicago-sourced heroin distribution network stretching from Knox County to Sevier County.
The state said Williams headed the operation and also directed heroin traffic to Abrams. The state also proved that Click and Arwood purchased Heroin from Williams in Knoxville to distribute in Knox County.