Heroin dealer sentenced to 10 years in state prison

While defendants convicted in Hamblen County Criminal Court of selling relatively small amounts of methamphetamine usually avoid incarceration through one type of supervised release or the other, Morristown resident Dustin Lee Christian learned Wednesday the leniency does not apply to heroin.

Criminal Court Judge John F. Dugger Jr. sentenced Christian to 10 years in state prison. That sentence will run consecutively to a reinstated six-year sentence Christian received for meth and firearm possession in 2018, according to court documents. Dugger also imposed $2,225 in fines.

Christian, 25, was holding less than three-tenths of a gram of a heroin-fentanyl mixture when Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators took him into custody in June. The problem for Christian is that small quantity of heroin was packaged in separate plastic bags.

He was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for light-law violation. Christian, who was holding scales and $1,745 in suspected drug-sales proceeds, admitted he had just completed a drug transaction at a Morristown convenience store, according to Deputy Chris Sanner.

Randa Rebecca Dawn Rickett, 28, pleaded guilty to escape on Wednesday and was sentenced to one year, a sentence that will run consecutively to a six-year sentence she received for felony possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The others who pleaded guilty Wednesday and the resolution of their cases are:

Kendell Fowler, 33, theft under $1,000; 11 months, 29 days; $100 fine.

Joseph Dwayne Reed, 55, two counts of apiece of burglary and theft under $1,000 and possession of burglary tools; two years and a day supervised probation; $668 restitution.