Kingsport couple sentenced to prison for meth, firearm charges


A Kingsport couple was sentenced in Greeneville this week for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm for drug trafficking.  

According to a release from the U.S. District Judge’s office, Greg Fessell was sentenced to over 18 years in prison and his wife, Patricia Sciaca (Fessell), will serve over 16 years while both have been ordered to pay $340,000 in the judgment for the roles in trafficking throughout the region. The money represents the amount of their sale of meth.  

Investigators say agents were preparing to execute a search warrant of suspects’ home in February 2018 but were able to perform traffic stops as they both left their home in separate vehicles.  

According to the report, a search of the vehicles, and the home resulted in the recovery of over 500 grams of meth, 55 firearms, and nearly $40,000 in cash.  

In November, both pleaded guilty for conspiracy to distribute meth and possessing a firearm.  

The release from the U.S. District Judge’ office says the investigation into the drug trafficking was part of a “broader investigation” conducted by local, state and federal law enforcement looking to combat meth distribution in the region.  

Agencies participating in the investigation included the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee’s 2ndJudicial Drug Task Force, Johnson City Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Lampe represented the United States in court proceedings. 

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