Two men from Grundy County were convicted Friday, October 19, by a federal jury in London, Kentucky, for a conspiracy to break into pharmacies across the southeast United States and subsequently sell the stolen pills, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.
After a day-and-a-half of deliberations following a four-day trial, the jury convicted 51-year-old James Ronald “Ronnie” Jones and 41-year-old Tony Britton of conspiracy to distribute Schedule II controlled substances. The jury also convicted Britton of the burglary of Stephanie’s Down Home Pharmacy in Corbin, on January 26, 2014.
According to testimony at trial, Jones and Britton worked with others to steal oxycodone and other pills from small, independent pharmacies through nighttime burglaries, which would then be sold primarily in central Tennessee. Evidence revealed that the conspiracy was responsible for many dozens of burglaries across a five-year span, including several in eastern and western Kentucky.
Both Jones and Britton were indicted in November 2017.
Co-defendants Robert Nunley, 46, Christopher Land, 56, Anthony Bosio, 45, Randy Stiefel, 54, and Jamie Sweeton, 43, were indicted in the same case and have all pleaded guilty.
Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Christopher D. Evans of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Louisville Field Division, Director David Rausch of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Grundy County, Tennessee Sheriff Clint Shrum jointly announced the conviction.
The investigation was conducted by the DEA, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with several local police departments. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented in the case by Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Rosenberg.
Jones and Britton will appear for sentencing on February 19, 2019. Jones faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and Britton faces a maximum of 40 years in prison. However, the Court must consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable federal statutes before imposing a sentence.
The defendants who accepted a plea offer will be sentenced in December and January. On December 18, Kenneth Britton, Randy Stiefel, and Jamie Sweeton are scheduled to be sentenced. On January 8, 2019, Bobby Nunley, Christopher Land, and Tony Bosio are scheduled to be sentenced.