Man convicted on drug charges in Rutherford County files appeal - appeal denied

May 09, 2022 at 04:26 pm by WGNS

(Rutherford County, Tenn.) An appeal to a drug conviction has been filed in a 2019 court case that unfolded in Rutherford County. Eric Tyre Patton was convicted on drug charges in Rutherford County Circuit Court under the honorable Judge Royce Taylor.

The investigation that led to Patton's conviction started in 2014, when the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office began looking into heroin deals being made in Murfreesboro and Smyrna.  During the investigation, authorities watched Patton closely, even installing a remote-controlled camera outside a South Church Street business the appellant allegedly co-owned.  11-Months after the investigation started, Patton was indicted.  

In 2015, a Rutherford County Grand Jury returned a sixty-three-count indictment, charging Patton and twenty-one co-defendants with various drug and weapons-related offenses. Patton was convicted on the charge of conspiracy to sell 150 grams or more of heroin and 300 grams or more of cocaine with at least one overt act occurring within a drug-free school zone (DFSZ). The man was also convicted with possession of 300 grams or more of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver within a drug-free school zone.

The Appellant contends that evidence was insufficient to support his convictions.

According to the appeal, Patton claims the trial court incorrectly denied his motion to suppress evidence obtained from GPS tracking devices and wiretaps. Among other things, he also believes the court made a mistake in not requiring the State to identify four confidential informants.

44-Year-old Eric Patton will be eligible for release in December of 2065 - at that point, he will be 87-years-old.

No. M2020-00062-CCA-R3-CD


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