FBI: Man connected to drug distribution case in custody

Mahlon Tyron Prater is wanted by the FBI / Source: FBI
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- FBI Knoxville announced a man wanted in connection to drug distribution has been found.

Mahlon Tyron Prater, 22, wanted on drug charges, was found in Knoxville and taken into custody on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

The FBI announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Investigators have not said how or if the money will be distributed.

Alim "Baby Popoff" Turner, 21, was captured earlier in September at an apartment complex in south Knoxville.

Three men with the nicknames Ushery, Woogie and Baby Popoff are the first to be named in a federal drug conspiracy case involving methamphetamine and more than $13,000 in confiscated cash.

This follows Thursday morning's multiple drug raids by the Federal Bureau of Investigation around Knoxville. News crews saw a heavy law enforcement presence outside University Park Apartments at 301 Lippencott Street just before 8 a.m. The Knoxville Police Department assisted the FBI.

In federal court on Thursday afternoon was suspect Ushery Michael Stewart, who entered a plea of not guilty to a drug conspiracy charge.
He is scheduled for trial in November.

In addition to the charge against Stewart, the charge of conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine is also against Alim Turner, who goes by Baby Popoff and Christopher Andrew Hounschell, who goes by Woogie.

Sealed federal court documents could potentially name several more suspects in this drug conspiracy investigation.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching for Mahlon Prater and Alim Turner on drug charges. / Source: (FBI)