Former Police captain sentenced for drug conspiracy
A former Newport Police captain will spend more than seven years behind bars for his role in a drug trafficking ring.
On Monday, a Greeneville district judge sentenced James Holt, 59, to 90 months in prison.
An undercover TBI investigation found Holt bought stolen property and sold it from convenience stores he owned with his wife in Newport.
He pleaded guilty in August to distributing hydrocodone and possessing a firearm while committing that crime. He was fired later that month.
U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said, “Holt illegally used his badge and the trust placed in him for personal gain. While the quantity of drugs he distributed was small by federal prosecution standards, his conviction was important because he victimized the community he swore to protect. Furthermore, he betrayed the brave men and women of law enforcement who risk their lives to protect and serve. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to make it a priority to support law enforcement in the effort to protect the integrity and honor of the profession from those who abuse the privilege of wearing a badge.”
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn stated, “This case was a blemish on the law enforcement community and those who do their best to uphold the law and maintain transparency. As a result of this investigation, it is my hope that we can all move forward and work harder to maintain public trust.”
Agents arrested him and three others in July. Holt’s wife, Kathy, who is a Newport alderwoman, her son, Kenny Myers, and Newport Police Captain Roger Lynn Shults are also facing charges.