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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lane sentencing
A Cocke County man indicted federally in May of last year has been sentenced to a federal prison term on a methamphetamine conspiracy charge. Matthew Darnell Lane, 32, Comanche Drive , Newport is one of 20 individuals in the drug distribution and firearms conspiracy centered in Cocke County, from July, 2015 through February of last year. The 41 count indictment details charges which include distribution of methamphetamine in excess of 50 grams, possession of heroin and possession of illegal and altered firearms. The conspiracy was allegedly headed up by Thomas Lynn “Dax” Martin, Jr., 46, Old Cave Church Road, Newport and Pamela Puckett, aka MOM, 38, Buford, Georgia. Lane was given an effective sentence of 112 months in federal prison on Monday, He pleaded guilty to meth and firearm charges. Law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Lane ’s residence in July 2015, but he continued to sell meth, including to informants. Also David Lynn Sisk, 43, Seventh Street, Newport was sentenced to 41 months for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted to possessing two .12-gauge shotguns and a .22-caliber rifle in July 2017. In another Cocke County-based prosecution, Helen R. Lloyd, a convicted felon from New Jersey, was sentenced to a year in federal prison. She had earlier pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Lloyd convinced her niece, Newport resident Kristina Lynn Kirk, to purchased firearms, which she transported to New Jersey. Investigators said three of the four firearms purchased locally were found in New Jersey.


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