Surgoinsville barber now facing federal drug, weapon charges

Jeff Bobo • Jan 8, 2008 at 12:00 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — If Terry Keith “Flea” Case had accepted a plea agreement on state weapons and narcotics charges this past October, it was anticipated that no federal charges would have been pursued in his case.

The specific terms of the plea agreement offered to Case have not been released publicly.

But the well-known Surgoinsville barber opted against a state plea agreement offer. Last Thursday he was arrested by federal marshals on a warrant stemming from a nine-count federal indictment returned last month in Greeneville.

Historically, suspects have been offered plea agreements of eight-year prison terms in cases similar to Case’s. His new federal charges carry a potential penalty of 45 years in prison.

Case, 47, 610 Zion Hill Road, Surgoinsville, has since been released from federal custody on $50,000 bond pending a March 5 trial date in Greeneville.

Originally, he was arrested by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office as a result of a raid on his home on April 18, 2006.

A large cache of narcotics was allegedly seized including 12 pounds of marijuana, 7 ounces of cocaine, 692 hydrocodone pills, 102 Xanax pills, 36 Valium pills, a half gram of meth, and $617.

Police said the street value of all the drugs seized was a little more than $27,000.

The weapons allegedly seized from Case’s residence included five rifles including a machine gun, five shotguns, five handguns and dynamite.

In December 2006, Case was named in a 12-count Hawkins County grand jury indictment on charges including three counts of possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver; two counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver; possession of Schedule III narcotics with intent to deliver; possession of marijuana more than 10 pounds with intent to deliver; two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon; possession of a deadly weapon during a felony; maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are kept or sold; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The federal indictments handed down Dec. 11 include charges of cocaine trafficking; marijuana trafficking; hydrocodone trafficking; meth possession; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; possession of a machine gun in furtherance of drug trafficking; possession of explosives; possession of a machine gun; and firearms possession.

The federal indictments also set out to seize Case’s property including 20 acres.

Case is scheduled to stand trial on the state charges in Hawkins County Circuit Court next month.

Case owns and operates a barbershop in downtown Surgoinsville.

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