Thursday, February 06, 2014
Smoke Shop Owner Sentenced to Federal Prison
One of the first sentencings now following the DEA crackdown on synthetic drugs across Northeast Tennessee. 23-year-old Jason Glen Catoe of Jonesborough was sentenced to 36 months in a federal prison. He formerly operated the shop called “Ultimate Smoke” on Center Street in Kingsport. His sentence was based on a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabis and of making transactions to evade income tax reporting requirements. He’s the first of several to face charges after a crackdown on synthetic drug shops in Bristol, Johnson City, and Mountain City as well as Kingsport.