15 Memphians charged with drug trafficking, firearms charges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Tuesday charging 15 Memphians for their involvement in an organized drug trafficking scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Those charged allegedly worked together to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine, and marijuana throughout the Memphis area between November 2023 and June 2024.


The U.S. Attorney’s Office says during the investigation, agents recovered two vehicles, 29 firearms, five machinegun conversion devices also known as “switches,” over $4,000 in cash, approximately 938 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 541 grams of fentanyl, approximately 200 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, and 26.43 pounds of marijuana.

Below is a list of the 15 defendants and their charges.

  • Brian Lackland, 34 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, over 500 grams of methamphetamine, and marijuana; possession of firearms during and in relation to drug trafficking crimes; and being a felon in possession of firearms
  • Paul Nelson, 31 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and over 500 grams of methamphetamine; and being a felon in possession of firearms
  • Ebony Cobb, 41 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and over 500 grams of methamphetamine
  • Jerrod Cox, 31 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl
  • Darius Moore, 38 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl
  • Edgar Smith, 38 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl
  • Mervin Anderson, 38 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl
  • Courtney Davis, 28 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl
  • Timothy Achols, 36 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl
  • Jehu Cruz, 23 – Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl; and possession of firearms during and in relation to drug trafficking crimes
  • Mohamed Samba, 24 – Conspiracy to distribute marijuana; and possession of firearms during and in relation to drug trafficking crimes
  • Prentiss Broadway, 33 – Possession with intent to distribute fentanyl
  • Braxton Beck, 32 – Federal firearms offenses and being a felon in possession of firearms
  • Darion Allen, 28 – Federal firearms offenses and being a felon in possession of firearms
  • Delifarroe Goins, 29 – Federal firearms offenses and being a felon in possession of firearms

Reports say the defendants include members and associates of the “Young Mob” street gang. Depending on the charges, each individual could face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a minimum penalty of five years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the FBI; US Postal Inspection Service; Multi-Agency Gang Unit; Memphis Police Department; Bartlett Police Department; and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.