Gang Member Identified As Major Chattanooga Cocaine Dealer Arrested By Federal Agents; Police Say Informant In Case Was Victim Of Assassination Attempt

Monday, June 16, 2014
Jeremy Labral Ellis
Jeremy Labral Ellis

Federal agents have arrested a man identified as a validated member of the Athens Park Bloods gang and a major Chattanooga cocaine dealer.

Authorities said the confidential informant who had been working with agents to make a case against 28-year-old Jeremy Labral Ellis was the victim of an assassination attempt last Wednesday night.

Agents said, "As the CI was exiting his car in front of his home, multiple shots were fired at him. He sought refuge on his raised porch but the gunfire continued, striking the furniture he was using as a shield. The CI then jumped off of the porch and fled to the neighboring woods. His assailants chased after him, continuously shooting at him. Thankfully, the CI was eventually able to lose the assailants."

Police said earlier the informant had made a number of controlled buys from Ellis and got him on tape. Marked money was used in some of the buys.

The buys included:

March 17 22.3 grams of crack cocaine

April 2 37.7 grams of crack cocaine

April 10 27.3 grams of crack cocaine

May 14 19.2 grams of crack cocaine

May 29 18.9 grams of crack cocaine

Authorities said Ellis has been living with a girlfriend at a duplex at 3808 Youngstown Road and dealing drugs out of that residence.

He has several prior drug charges in state court.

Ellis was arrested in January for possession of a firearm with the intent to go armed and possession of controlled substances.


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