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Claiborne man sentenced on drug charges

From The Citizen Tribune -

A Claiborne County man who earlier pleaded guilty to crystal-meth and weapons charges was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Wednesday February 27, 2019, according to court documents.

Troy West’s five-year sentence for possession of more than 5 grams of meth with the intent to distribute will run concurrently with the five years he got for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The sentence will also run concurrently with the time he’s expected to get for related charges pending in Claiborne County Criminal Court.

West, who will be under court supervision for four years after he’s released, was holding 24 grams of crystal meth and a loaded, stolen .45-caliber handgun when he was stopped in Claiborne County by the Tennessee Highway in September 2017. It took 17 months to adjudicate, in part, because West unsuccessfully contested the legality of the search.

West, 42, has prior convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine, aggravated assault and selling cocaine, according to court documents.

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