A Morristown man arrested on state crystal-meth and firearms charges in March 2019 has graduated to the federal justice system, according to court documents.
A federal grand jury in Greeneville indicted Billy Adam Bullard, 22, for conspiracy to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking offense. The indictment was returned on Feb. 11 and was unsealed on Friday. If convicted of both offenses, Bullard could a 10-year prison sentence.
Bullard allegedly was holding 13.6 grams of meth and a Springfield Armory .45-caliber handgun when he was taken into custody in the parking lot of the West Andrew Johnson Highway Walgreens on March 11, according to Detective Jason Young, a narcotics investigator with the Morristown Police Department.
Police were dispatched to the drug store after someone reported Bullard was sleeping in his vehicle. Bullard, who remains incarcerated in the Hamblen County Jail, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court on March 3.
In a lower-profile case, Cocke County resident Michael Keith Turner indicated he will plead guilty to three counts of falsely labeling American ginseng. Turner, 50, owned and operated High Mountain Ginseng in the Hartford community. The sales of ginseng, which can cost more than $600 per pound, are highly regulated.
In the summer of 2015, Turner engaged in at least 41 out-of-season ginseng transactions with undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and omitted the transactions from an annual report. He also under-reported purchases he made in October 2015, according to his plea agreement.
In sum, the illegal transactions involved 6.8 pounds worth an estimated $1,700, Turner’s plea agreement states.