Kingsport man sentenced to 188 months in prison for drug trafficking, money laundering

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A marijuana distribution scheme spanning from the West Coast has netted a Kingsport man 15 years in prison.  

Christopher Scott Burchett, 36, has been sentenced to serve 188 months for his role to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm for drug trafficking and money laundering in Tennessee.  

Burchett admitted to being responsible for at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana obtained from Oregon and California.  

According to the plea agreement, Burchett employed co-conspirators to transport the drugs.  

The agreement states Burchett paid the individuals $10,000 per trip.  

In addition to marijuana, Burchett also obtained Butane Honey Oil from sources in Oregon for resale in Tennessee. The agreement added Burchett also dealt in the acquisition of vehicles, firearms and transfer of property.  

One of Burchett’s co-defendants, Chad Allen Dorton, 35, of Kingsport, proceeded to trial last year. The case showed conspirators distributed between 2,500 and 3,700 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $12 million to $18 million. Dorton was sentenced to 168 months in prison. 

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