Heroin dealer sentenced to eight years of probation

The increasing numbers of Hamblen County residents arrested on heroin charges are beginning to cycle through the criminal court system.

Fred Ziesemer, 61, was sentenced to eight years of supervised probation on Thursday. In addition to sale or delivery of heroin, Ziesemer also pleaded guilty to two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, along with possession of drug paraphernalia. Criminal Court Judge John F. Dugger Jr. fined the Morristown man $6,225.

Ziesemer and a codefendant, Annette Carroll, were arrested in June at an outbuilding behind a Reese Street residence where they had been living, according to Detective Jason Young, a narcotics investigator with the Morristown Police Department.

Police found about a gram of heroin, 5.7 grams of methamphetamine, along with a felony amount of marijuana and buprenorphine, in the form of both Subutex and Suboxone strips.

Ziesemer, who recently had been living at the Scottish Inn on West Andrew Johnson Highway, was charged with two counts of criminal simulation within the last week. He allegedly tried to pass counterfeit $20 bills at Chuck’s Package Store and at the nearby West Andrew Johnson Highway Dollar General, according to MPD detectives.