Drug felon faces long federal sentence

A twice-convicted drug felon from Hamblen County, who received relatively light treatment in Hamblen County Criminal Court, appears to have cut himself a wide path into federal court where he could face hard time in a federal lockup, according to authorities.

The biggest problems for Marty Dale Ivy, 30, Polar Springs Road, Talbott, are the 9mm pistol and ammunition that Hamblen County Deputy Todd Harris allegedly found beneath the hood of Ivy’s car Wednesday afternoon. Because Ivy is a convicted felony, he cannot legally possess a firearm or ammunition.

Harris stopped Ivy’s black Honda for erratic driving and reported he smelled alcohol when the defendant rolled down his window. Ivy, who performed poorly on field-sobriety tests, refused a blood draw. The deputy also confiscated 12.6 grams of marijuana, syringes for which Harris had no legitimate medical use, small plastic bags and an open bottle of vodka, according to a warrant.

The defendant is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, felony possession of marijuana, DUI, resisting arrest, violation of the implied-consent law, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an open container of alcohol.

In November 2018, Ivy was sentenced to eight years on supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine. That sentence isn’t flat until November 2027, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

In November 2017, he was convicted of felony meth possession in Grainger County, according to the corrections department. This morning, he remained behind bars in lieu of $50,000 bond.