KINGSPORT — A Washington County man, who assisted the owner of the Ultimate Smoke shop in Kingsport, will not face prison time for his involvement in the business, mainly due to his substantial cooperation with law enforcement during the investigation of the case.
Most notably, renting space above the shop to the Kingsport Police Department to use as a monitoring station.
Jason Glenn Catoe, of Jonesborough, and his half-brother Kory Neal Wiesner, of Washington County, agreed to plead guilty earlier this year to a charge of structuring currency transactions to evade reporting requirements. Catoe has also agreed to plead guilty to possession of Schedule I drugs with intent to distribute.
The charges are in connection to the selling of synthetic marijuana and bath salts at the Ultimate Smoke shop for about a year in 2011-2012 and the structuring of more than $288,000 in deposits to Eastman Credit Union in a way as to avoid detection by the Internal Revenue Service.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced Wiesner, 34, to four years probation and a $5,000 fine. Wiesner’s attorney argued for probation, while federal prosecutors supported a reduced sentence for Wiesner due to his cooperation in the case and had recommended a sentence of 12 to 18 months in prison.
Wiesner, who has no prior criminal history, faced 24 to 30 months in prison.
According to a sentencing memorandum, Wiesner provided immediate and proactive assistance to law enforcement, which resulted in the prosecution of Catoe and will likely result in additional prosecutions.
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