8 tons of dope one of largest fed busts

Full story: Knoxville News Sentinel

No wonder he needed big rigs. How else was Victor Hugo Vargas going to haul the nearly eight tons of marijuana and nine pounds of methamphetamine he admitted at a hearing Wednesday that he transported to the ...

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crystal

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ummm,so,where are all these drugs that richard milburn was supposed to have distributed?? I always thought that you have to have evidence to prosecute,or were the feds just worried that they had already spent so much time and tax payers money staking out a small time user that they had to make a mountain out of a mole hill??Put up or shutup!!Proof,we hear what they say,but in court it was all talk,where are all these drugs????there was a small amount of meth found(enough for personal use),presented in the court room and the rest was all talk.If richard was the distibutor,then where is this 8 tons of marijuana and nine pounds of methamphetamine and where are the people that he got it from?? seems to me like richard milburn was the easiest way out for all the time and money spent on a sting gone dead! the feds had to blame someone for the bungled up,so called "Biggest Drug Bust Ever" in eastern Tn.LOL..sounds like this richard milburn guy got railroaded and was the perfect scapegoat...Geez,bunch of hicks from the sticks,keystone cops in alice in wonderland....
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Typical

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Umm, Richard Milburn was the money man. Nothing said he was the distributor. He collected the offical totals for the drugs. Go to the trials of the other men if you want the low down on the drug portions of the sting.

Sheesh! Did someone smoke some crack today and kill a brain cell?
Crystal Burbank ILL

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ohh, excuse me,he wasn't the distributer,he was the d*mn ring leader they say that sold to his distributer!! DUH
Thirteen individuals were charged in connection with the investigation, including Mark Allen Saults and Richard Glen Milburn, whom authorities called the "ringleaders" of the drug operation.
The drugs -- an estimated 25,000 pounds of marijuana, 22 pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of methamphetamine -- were brought into the United States from Mexico and South America and then transported to a rural area in Georgia before arriving in the Tri-Cities area during a 10-year period from January 1995 to December 2005, officials said.
"Through a distribution network in Georgia, they were able to bring those drugs into the area primarily through the Jonesborough area, through a farm in Limestone," said Russ Dedrick, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. "Then ( Saults and Milburn ) turned around and sold these to their distributors."
As for the comment about smoking crack and burning a brain cell.Only one eh? lol.. Maybe that good ole country air you are breathing would make you make such a comment or maybe it is lack of education.I'm leaning toward the second of the two.
PS If all this is true,why would they let these guys sell all these drugs and not do anything about if for 10 yrs?So,the feds.didn't really care about the innocent people getting hurt all those years at all!They were just worried about a big,bungled drug bust!
Daughter of Richard

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Jan 8, 2009
 
Well, listen, I am Richard Milburn's daughter and I can tell you that my dad WAS a successful Dairy Farmer and he did get rail roaded by the rest of the people involved. My dad had just sold his cows about 3 months before the bust and I assure you that there was still some cow manure on the farm, I guess the investigators were just blind or did not know what they were stepping in one. As Crystal said this went on for 10 years and my dad did not even know Mark Saults 10 years ago so maybe if they would have arrested him then my dad would not even have started using Meth. My dad was really done unfair regardless of what the rest of you think. My dad will be in prison for 40 years if he lives that long.
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Feb 25, 2009
 
how can we go bout getting the feds to come to jellico and set up a raid on drugs and meth and anything else you can think of?
Doug

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Apparently some people in this country speak on a topic of which they have NO knowledge, such as a charge of conspiracy. To be charged with conspiracy to distribute a certain amount of drugs for example, a law enforcement officer does not need to actually seize that amount of drugs, they only have to have witnesses who can and will be required to testify to the fact that they sold, transported, possessed or used "x" amount of drugs. They might also tell of others involvement in the conspiracy and the amounts of drugs that those persons sold, transported, possessed, used or bought; then a second witness would be needed to corroborate that fact so it is verified and not just someone trying to get an innocent person into trouble. Also a person involved in a drug trafficking organization who possesses firearms or used firearms to protect his/her drugs or drug money receives an additional charge of Possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug crime which in this case carries between 5-10 years. So it appears the Federal Officers and the local officers "bungled" together a yearlong, extremely thorough investigations which netted 13 individuals who conspired to distribute over 25,000 pounds of marijuana, 22 pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of methamphetamine over a course of 10 years, culmanating in a series of "Raids" which found several of those conspirators in possession of firearms and one of which, Richard Milburn, who attempted to access that firearm to use against the arresting officers. Sounds like GREAT police work to me.
Mike C

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Doug wrote:
Apparently some people in this country speak on a topic of which they have NO knowledge, such as a charge of conspiracy. To be charged with conspiracy to distribute a certain amount of drugs for example, a law enforcement officer does not need to actually seize that amount of drugs, they only have to have witnesses who can and will be required to testify to the fact that they sold, transported, possessed or used "x" amount of drugs. They might also tell of others involvement in the conspiracy and the amounts of drugs that those persons sold, transported, possessed, used or bought; then a second witness would be needed to corroborate that fact so it is verified and not just someone trying to get an innocent person into trouble. Also a person involved in a drug trafficking organization who possesses firearms or used firearms to protect his/her drugs or drug money receives an additional charge of Possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug crime which in this case carries between 5-10 years. So it appears the Federal Officers and the local officers "bungled" together a yearlong, extremely thorough investigations which netted 13 individuals who conspired to distribute over 25,000 pounds of marijuana, 22 pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of methamphetamine over a course of 10 years, culmanating in a series of "Raids" which found several of those conspirators in possession of firearms and one of which, Richard Milburn, who attempted to access that firearm to use against the arresting officers. Sounds like GREAT police work to me.
Sounds pretty damn logical to me!
SEM

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May 18, 2009
 
I don't know this family, but am dealing with much of the same issues myself. My heart goes out to you Richard's daughter. Check out the "pot" forum.. dedicated to my family and our situation. Everything will work out, and hopefully he'll be out before 40 years.
Sunburned in Mexico

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Feb 3, 2010
 
I think Doug's got a great layout of what the dilly yo is...

Great Job Doug
limstone fatboy

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look here ed graybeal was coming up for re election for washington county he had a snitch named troy warrdd set em up he will be lucky to make it for a couple more years if u know what i mean they caught the wrong salts and they never found the 2.5 mill dollars there are free men out here livin very well from thisand its not over with it will get out of control one day the counti will regret all of it maye but u never know ed grbeal is comin up for election agin u think they will find the next big bust by the time u vote it will not help him again get reellected there are alot of his own cops dealin drugs and fuckin ruin peoples life grbeal is a drug dillir him self he sells more than milburn and salts hellget caught to someone will snich him to
Truth Bomb

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Every time you turn around there is a new "biggest drug bust in east TN" ready to be bragged about on the front page. The truth is it's all a joke, but they wouldn't want you to believe that. Instead of bullying and pushing people around for smoking some marijuana how about you worry about the ungodly influx of painkillers coming up from Florida? That's what is ruining our area, nay, our country. Quit demonizing marijuana and get on to the real problems.

It's laughable to see a police department bragging about marijuana busts. It's just not a problem in 2010. We have much bigger things to worry about.
saultshater

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everyone knows mark saults told on everyone he could. he went to camp cupcake and wore a skirt with no panties
shhhh

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Dec 13, 2011
 
And who is this 'everyone' that knows Saults snithched? I'm almost positive you weren't present in the court room to know of anything Saults said. It's obvious that some people are just straight ignorant and need to find something better to do with their lives than make up pathetic rumors.
saults-lover

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Dec 13, 2011
 
saultshater wrote:
everyone knows mark saults told on everyone he could. he went to camp cupcake and wore a skirt with no panties
Obviously you are ignorant to the details of this entire case. I was there.. at the hearing,through it all as a matter of fact, and can assure you that you have no facts to support your halfass comments. You must not know the details or maybe you think you do. However if Mark was a what you call "snitch" there could/would have probably been a whole lot of other ppl involved in this...maybe you post these comments because you should have been one of them...in which case you would know he was not a "snitch" and damn sure wore no skirt w/no panties. Since you have the balls to post these comments, let's have the balls to post your name?1?

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