Wanted Memphis Man Caught by Officer on Vacation

Max Terhune
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted yesterday, Wednesday, June 26, by a Homeland Security Officer who advised he was in Walton County on vacation with his family and recognized a wanted person by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Max Terhune, 29, of Memphis, Tenn., was taken into custody late yesterday morning.  Terhune was arrested without incident and transported to the Walton County Jail.  Upon arrest, Terhune was found to be in possession of synthetic drugs. 

Along with many others, Terhune was under indictment by the US Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee.  Coincidentally, a press conference was held yesterday in West Tennessee regarding a synthetic drug sweep of individuals and businesses called “Project Synergy”, a DEA initiative.  Terhune was part of a multi-count federal indictment. 


WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its law enforcement partners today announced enforcement operations in 35 states targeting the upper echelon of dangerous designer synthetic drug trafficking organizations that have operated without regard for the law or public safety.
These series of enforcement actions included retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers. In addition, these investigations have uncovered the massive flow of drug-related proceeds back to countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Since Project Synergy began in December of 2012, more than 75 arrests have been made and nearly $15 million in cash and assets have been seized--all leading up to today’s global takedown. Today, law enforcement executed over 150 arrest warrant and nearly 375 search warrants in 35 states, 49 cities and five countries. During the past three days prior to today, over 550 kilograms of synthetic drugs were seized in a joint operation with Customs and Border Protection aimed at international shipments of synthetic drugs at express consignment facilities. Since February, over 1,000 kilograms of synthetic drugs have been seized at express consignment facilities.

Project Synergy was coordinated by DEA’s Special Operations Division, working with the DEA Office of Diversion Control, and included cases led by DEA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, and IRS. In addition, law enforcement in Australia, Barbados, Panama, and Canada participated, as well as countless state and local law enforcement members.

“Shutting down businesses that traffic in these drugs and attacking their operations worldwide is a priority for DEA and our law enforcement partners,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “These designer drugs are destructive, dangerous, and are destroying lives. DEA has been at the forefront of the battle against this trend and is targeting these new and emerging drugs with every scientific, legislative, and investigative tool at our disposal.”

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