Haygood sentenced to federal prison

Hamblen County crystal-meth dealer Emanuel Haygood was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison on Friday, and it strongly appears he did something to help himself, according to court documents.

Haygood, 32, was indicted for 50-gram conspiracy, but was allowed to plead to a 5-gram case, which cut his presumptive mandatory minimum sentence in half to five years. A 2009 federal court conviction for selling crack cocaine, returned him to a presumptive 10-year sentence, his attorney, Marsha Arnurius, wrote in the defense sentencing memorandum.

Haygood will have to serve about 6-and-a-half years, but he’ll get credit for the time he served in both federal and state custody. The time will run consecutively to whatever he gets for a pending probation-violation charge he has pending in Hamblen County. He’ll be under court supervision for eight years after he’s released.

The prosecution sentencing memo was filed under seal, so it’s impossible to know for certain what Haygood did to receive the 28-month break, but there’s a clue in his plea agreement.

After Haygood stopped by a Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigator in May 2019, he was holding 23.4 grams of crystal meth. At that point, he also gave up the conspiracy leader, 34-year-old Trinidad “Nit” Balderas, according to his plea agreement.

When HCSD officers executed a search warrant the residence of Balderas and his codefendant, Tawauna Sheron Boutwell, they found 1.4 grams of crystal meth, 3.2 ounces of heroin, 1.1 ounces of powder cocaine, 28 Ecstasy pills, three firearms that had been reported stolen and $24,000 in cash. A lead led to the confiscation of an additional 30 pounds of marijuana.

Balderas was sentenced to 135 months. Boutwell’s sentence was 108 months.

In an unrelated federal crystal-meth prosecution that began with groundwork by HCSD narcotics investigators, Lacey Danielle Bailey, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison on Monday, which like Haygood, represents a significant sentencing break. She pleaded to a 50-gram conspiracy and faced a quantity-related enhancement because she admitted distributing more than 150 grams.

After Bailey and a codefendant sold meth to an informant on two occasions in 2018, she flipped in the conspiracy leader, Anthony Eugene Long, a Knoxville man who used to live in Hamblen County, according to Lt. Gene Watson, the lead HCSD narcotics investigator,

Long has pleaded guilty to selling meth and money laundering and is awaiting sentencing. He accepted responsibility for distributing more than 4.5 kilos of crystal meth. In exchange for the guilty plea, federal prosecutors dropped a firearm charge that could have lengthened his sentence by five years.