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Unicoi man gets 106-month federal prison term on drug, gun charges

May 21st, 2013 10:18 am by Brad Hicks

Unicoi man gets 106-month federal prison term on drug, gun charges

GREENEVILLE — A Unicoi man was sentenced to spend more than eight years in prison on cocaine and fiearms-related charges Monday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville.

Carl Lee Glass, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer to serve 106 months in prison. In August, Glass pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The pleas represented two of the nine charges Glass was federally indicted on in June. Per his plea, Glass’ remaining charges will be dismissed. 

Glass, along with his wife, Melissa Glass, Tyson Silvers and a man later identified as Juan Llamas-Gayton were arrested early in June following an investigation into suspected drug trafficking taking place out of the Valley Video and Trading Post, a business in Unicoi owned by Glass.

At different points throughout the monthlong investigation, Glass sold cocaine to a confidential police source, according to documents previously filed in U.S. District Court. 

On June 2, a vehicle driven by Glass was stopped on Interstate 26 by a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer. According to court documents, Glass told investigators that he was driving Llamas-Gayton to Atlanta to purchase cocaine. 

Investigators found there was no power at the Valley Video and Trading Post store and that a cash register inside was not plugged in and contained no cash. Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Frank Rogers previously said this corroborated a statement Glass made during the course of the investigation in which he said the store and a construction company he owned were fronts and that he made money by selling drugs.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, because Glass possessed a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, he faced a minimum 60-month sentence, up to life, in prison for the firearm charge alone. Glass received a 60 month sentence on the firearm charge Monday, and was sentenced to 46 months on the conspiracy to distribute cocaine charge. The sentences are to run consecutively, and Glass will be subject to three years of supervised release upon his release from prison.

In September, Llamas-Gayton also pleaded guilty to a charge related to the case. In April, he was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. 

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