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3 plead to meth charges in Washington, Carter counties

Johnson City Press • Feb 7, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Three men entered guilty pleas related to methamphetamine trafficking cases in Washington and Carter counties in recent weeks, 1st Judicial District Attorney Ken Baldwin announced Friday in a news release.

Mark Edward Campbell: In Washington County, Campbell, 46, pleaded guilty to selling meth at 1501 E. Millard St. in Johnson City on various dates in 2018. Those charges came as a result of undercover operations conducted by the Johnson City Police Department. Baldwin said Campbell’s sales were conducted within a drug-free zone, as the location was across the road from a child care facility (Rise Up). Campbell was sentenced to eight years in prison with parole eligibility at 30%.

William Shane Necessary: Also in Washington County, Necessary, 28, pleaded guilty to possession of meth with intent to sell or deliver, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault for offenses occurring in 2019. Necessary was wanted on a motor vehicle theft charge resulting from a June 1 report. Police said the victim let Necessary borrow his vehicle, but would not return it. That same day, police found the vehicle abandoned at 508 E. Watauga Ave. and returned it to the victim.

On Sept. 9, Johnson City police were at the 11E Motel, 3500 W. Market St., when they noticed a rental car believed to be in the possession of Necessary. Police said Necessary tried to run but was arrested. Searching the vehicle, police saw a baggie containing methamphetamine, and during a search they found a loaded pistol magazine and shotgun in the trunk. As a felon convicted of a prior robbery in Carter County, Necessary was forbidden to possess any firearms.

The aggravated assault case occurred on Aug. 29 when a woman reported to Johnson City police that Necessary had borrowed her vehicle, but when she attempted to get it back from him at the Citgo at 3100 Browns Mill Road, he pointed a handgun toward her and fired.

Necessary was sentenced to 15 years in prison with parole eligibility at 35%.

Richard Stout: In Carter County, Stout, 42, pleaded guilty to selling meth. Stout was charged along with 43 other people in “Operation Sundown,” which Baldwin described as a meth conspiracy investigation jointly conducted by the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethton Police Department. Baldwin said Stout’s charge arose from an April 23 sale he made to an undercover informant working for the joint task force. Along with a violation of probation that he will have to serve, Stout was sentenced 18 years in prison with parole eligibility at 30%.

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