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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cocaine conspiracy pleas
In Cocke County Circuit Court on Monday, three men pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine in Cocke and Jefferson Counties. Asst. DA Tonya Thornton told Judge Ben Hooper that the men were involved in a conspiracy to distribute more than 300 grams of coacaine between May, 2015 and July, 2016. Armando Chevez Tovar, 37, Gilberto Cortes, 40 and Rigoberto Diaz Lopez, 36, pleaded guilty to the reduced charges of sale and delivery of more than .5 grams of cocaine as well as possession with intent to deliver in excess of .5 grams of cocaine. Diaz Lopez was charged with eight counts of the sale and delivery charge. Thornton said the home of Cortes was used as a "stash house" for pressing and packaging cocaine. She said the case was broken by agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation who utilized telephone wiretaps in the investigation. Each of the three defendants was given a ten year prison term, will serve one year and the balance will be on probation. Tovar and Cortes will each pay a 2,000 fine, but Diaz-Lopez was assessed a $16,000 fine. Thornton also said the defendants will be turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for deportation.


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