A 20-year-old Morristown man, who was not arrested in early February when he was found passed out in a vehicle on Rebel Street with a .40-caliber handgun on his lap, will face federal charges, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
A federal grand jury in Greeneville indicted Christopher Ty Ewing for possessing a handgun while being a user of an unlawful controlled substance.
Ewing made his initial appearance in court Monday afternoon. A detention hearing was scheduled for Thursday.
Ewing is being prosecuted under federal Project Safe Neighborhoods legislation, which targets criminals who illegally possess firearms, according to Lt. Devin Cribley, PSN officer for the Morristown Police Department.
Cribley says this morning he believes that Ewing may have been smoking marijuana that was laced with an undetermined substance.
The young man was transported to the emergency room before he was released.
Federal prosecutors have been more receptive to PSN cases since the election of President Donald Trump, according to Cribley, who says he contacts the U.S. attorney’s office in all firearm-related arrests.
A federal grand jury in Knoxville on Tuesday indicted Claiborne County resident Martin Lynn Bolden for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.
Bolden, a 36-year-old Tazewell man, is currently incarcerated in the Claiborne County Jail. He was taken into custody on April 24. The circumstances of his arrest remain unclear.
In another development in federal court on Tuesday, Cocke County resident Thomas Resh indicated he will plead guilty to failing to register as a sex offender after he relocated to East Tennessee following his release from a Florida prison.
The plea agreement had not been filed by press time.
Resh was 25 years old in 1989 when he was convicted child rape and sexual battery in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.