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September 5, 2012 Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Tennessee Highway Patrol Interdiction Stop Results In Five Year Federal Prison Sentence For Elizabethton Man

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Ronald E. Paris, Jr., 24, of Elizabethton, Tenn., was sentenced on September 5, 2012, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve five years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base ("crack"). Paris pleaded guilty to these charges in January 2012. There is no parole in the federal system.

In April 2011 Paris placed cocaine base ("crack") in the trunk of a rental car with the intent to drive from Chattanooga to Elizabethton, Tenn., where he planned to distribute it. The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped his car near Interstate 81 mile marker 54 in Sullivan County, Tenn., and found Paris to be in possession of 126.3 grams of cocaine base ("crack"). Paris admitted he was making money by buying drugs in Chattanooga and reselling them in the Elizabethton area.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Paris was the result of an investigation conducted by the THP Criminal Interdiction Unit, assisted by the Elizabethton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen C.T. Smith represented the United States.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian commended the THP Criminal Interdiction Unit and the Elizabethton Police Department for their work in this case and noted their importance in the effort to stop drug trafficking in and through the Eastern District of Tennessee.

What is Crack?

Crack is the street name for crystallized freebase cocaine. It is a powerful central nervous system stimulant, sold in ready to smoke chunks or 'rocks'. Crack looks like small lumps or shavings of soap, but has the texture of porcelain. Because of the way it looks, crack is often referred to as 'rock' or 'ready-rock'. The rocks are nicknamed 'Crack' because of the crackling sound they make as they are smoked. It is generally more pure than the powdered cocaine from which it is made, but this smokable product can still contain impurities. Crack is five to six times stronger than the cocaine normally purchased on the street.

How is Crack Used?

The most popular method is to smoke the lumps of crack in a two-chambered water pipe. Pipes have been made of various common items including soft drink cans. Sometimes crack is smoked by sprinkling it on tobacco or marijuana. Crack can also be mixed with PCP. This method is called 'spacebasing' or 'spaceblasting'. Crack is being mass marketed on the streets in small vials, folding papers, or foil packets and usually contains one to four pellets for an average of $10 - $20.

Crack Dependence

A person may become physically and psychologically dependent on crack without realizing it. Some people lose control over their use almost from the start. Studies have shown that crack is one of the most powerful of all illicit drugs in producing a psychological dependency. There is no physical withdrawal from Crack or Cocaine as there is with other drugs such as heroin. The withdrawal symptoms are more of a psychological nature rather than physical including an intense hunger, irritability, fatigue, long but disturbed sleep, and depression.

Ref. Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services.

One constant legal argument is the prison sentences for crack are often far worse than for plain old cocaine. This has led to charges of racism because blacks are the primary users of crack while better refined and more expensive cocaine is used by more affluent whites. Let's stop being racists and allow all the dope minority children can consume flow freely into their communities. After all we don't want the taint of racism no matter what the cost.

82% of drug-zone defendants are black;
lawyer sees 'gross disparity'

This was the headline November 12, 2010 at This involves the 551 prosecutions launched under the state's Drug-Free School Zone Act, or DFSZA, by Knoxville police. 82 percent of those arrested are black. Some attorney named Susan Shipley says, "It's a gross disparity."

She doesn't deny they are guilty and clearly are as repeat offenders, it's because Knox County is less than 20 percent black it's racism, period. Her beef is,

People caught with as little as a handful of crack cocaine "rocks" in the inner city often merit probation sans a DFSZA charge. But those same offenders charged with a drug-zone violation face 15 to 25 years in prison with no possibility of parole - a penalty harsher than that meted out to killers convicted of second-degree murder...

in a motion filed on behalf of client Valerie McDaniel that, although the intent of the law was to protect school kids from drug dealers, it is instead being used to target inner-city residents, most of whom are black, poor and live in housing projects located - at the direction of "urban planners" - near schools.

So we should have a race quota system where arrests are made only on the basis of race and we can't arrest no more than 20 percent blacks before we arrest 80 percent whites for crime blacks commit in disproportionate numbers that hurt blacks in disproportionate numbers? Is this person even rational?

The fact is blacks do commit these crimes in vast disproportionate numbers (along with the associated violence, etc.) which will lead to disproportionate numbers of arrests. It's reason and facts Susan, not racism. And being poor because over 70 percent of black kids are born to stupid black women that whore around with different men they never marry is no excuse.

See Crime by Race in Tennessee

Prescription drug use is a problem in Tennessee

Drug overdose deaths in Tennessee are increasing:

The number of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 422 in 2001 to 1,059 in 2010; The number of drug overdose deaths in 2010 represents an increase of 250% over the 10 year time period. Includes all drug overdose deaths where the manner of death was listed as one of the following: accidental, undetermined, suicide (intentional), or homicide.

Source: Office of Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health - Death Certificates.

The top three most prescribed controlled substances in Tennessee in 2010 are:

275.5 million pills of hydrocodone (e.g., Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin);

116.6 million pills prescribed for alprazolam (e.g., Xanax: used to treat anxiety);

113.5 million pills prescribed for oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Roxicodone) Hydrocodone and oxycodone are both prescription opioids used to treat pain.

The number of drugs prescribed during 2010 to Tennesseans represents:
51 pills of hydrocodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
22 pills of alprazolam for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
21 pills of oxycodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12.

Source: Report to the 2011 General Assembly by the Tennessee Department of Health Controlled Substance Database Advisory Committee, Board of Pharmacy.

Prescription drug abuse affects everyone:

Abuse of prescription opioids is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded treatment services;

Almost 250,000 Tennesseans older than 12 reported abusing prescription opioids in 2009.

Source: Treatment Episode Data Set - Admission (TEDS-A). 1999 - 2009. SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Prescription drug abuse hits every profession and every socioeconomic level:

For those seeking state-funded treatment, people who were stable (married, employed and had at least a high school education) were 3.16 times more likely than less stable consumers to use prescription opioids than illicit drugs.

Source: Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Tennessee Web Information Technology System (TN WITS) Database.

Prescription drug abuse especially affects women:

While more men were admitted to treatment in 2009 than women, a higher percentage of women abuse prescription opioids;

21% of 6,827 men reported prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

27% of 3,403 women listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

35% of 142 pregnant women admitted to state-funded treatment services in Tennessee listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse.

Source: SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.