Major Hawkins meth supplier gets 235 months in federal jail

Jeff Bobo • Oct 9, 2019 at 8:15 PM

GREENEVILLE — A South Carolina man who supplied large quantities of meth to Hawkins County dealers was sentenced Monday to nearly 20 years in federal prison.

Leonard Wayne Mullinax, 49, Gaffney, S.C., appeared before U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer Monday in Greeneville Federal Court where he was sentenced to 235 months (19.5 years) for conspiracy to distribute meth, money laundering, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking.

Last year the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office participated with other state, federal and local officers in a raid on Mullinax’s residence, where they seized a kilogram of meth, 28 firearms and an unspecified amount of cash, ledgers, and other evidence.

According to his plea agreement on file with the U.S. District Court, Mullinax was the out-of-state source of supply for this particular methamphetamine conspiracy operating in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Mullinax admitted that he was responsible for at least four, but less than 4.5 kilograms, of meth that he had been supplying co-defendant Edward Walters, 48, Surgoinsville, for about a year.

Walters is currently awaiting sentencing in the same case.

Other defendants who have been sentenced in this methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy include Jamie Nicole Wilson, 42, Gaffney, S.C. (200 months); Jason Ronald Burchfield, 39, Hawkins County (149 months); Matthew Glenn Russell, 27, Rogersville (135 months); Amber Lynn Hall, 29, Church Hill (135 months); Jimmy Lee Gray, 37, Surgoinsville (120 months); and Michael James Walters, 46, Bristol (120 months).

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), United States Postal Inspector, Third District Judicial Drug Task Force, Cherokee County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.