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Kingsport man to take plea in federal drug case

July 18th, 2014 8:00 pm by Matthew Lane

Kingsport man to take plea in federal drug case

GREENEVILLE - A Lynn Garden man, arrested in April of last year by the Kingsport Police Department's SWAT team, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal drug charge.

Antwaun "Kitchen" Hendricks was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in March on a four-count indictment, charging him with three counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of crack cocaine possession.

Last month, Hendricks agreed to plead guilty on one of the distributing charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 20. Hendricks faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

According to the plea agreement, the Kingsport Police Department's vice unit conducted three under operations in March and April 2013, where a confidential source purchased $100 worth of crack cocaine from Hendricks at his residence at 1524 Roanoke Hill in Kingsport.

On April 3, 2013 eight members of KPD's SWAT division performed a traffic stop on Hendricks' mini-van near Tranbarger Drive. With Hendricks in tow, officers then went to his nearby residence to execute a search warrant.

A search of Hendricks' home revealed approximately 23 grams of crack cocaine (worth $2,400) and a small amount of marijuana and around $850 in cash. Officers also found a drug ledger noting profits made from the sale of crack cocaine.

Police arrested Hendricks and charged him with maintaining a dwelling where drugs are stored, sold or used, possession of more than a half gram of cocaine for resale within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana.

Police say that during the initial stop of Hendricks' vehicle, a passenger, Dwayne Fields of Bronx, N.Y., was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with simple possession.

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