Kingsport man sentenced to life for meth distribution conspiracy

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) - A Kingsport man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in a drug distribution ring. 

Michael Potter, 36, of Kingsport, was sentenced Wednesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Potter was sentenced pursuant to federal law which provides a mandatory sentence of life in prison for anyone convicted of drug trafficking after having previously been convicted of two or more felony drug trafficking offenses. 

Prosecutors say Potter was involved in a large-scale meth distribution ring in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Federal and state authorities say the investigation led them to identify numerous members of the drug ring, which revolved around Nathan Hogan of Georgia. 

According to investigators, Potter and his co-conspirators transported hundreds of pounds of crystal meth from northern Georgia into Sullivan County. 

25 individuals were indicted in connection to the drug ring. Potter was the only one that went to trial.

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