Repeat Cocaine Trafficker Convicted by Jury

A Knox County man faces a minimum of fifteen to twenty-five years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him of multiple sales of crack cocaine. Jeffrey Stanley Mitchell, 42, was convicted of two counts of Sale of Cocaine in a Drug Free School Zone, two counts of Facilitation of Sale of Cocaine in a Drug Free School Zone, one count of Facilitation of Possession with Intent to Sell Cocaine in a Drug Free School Zone, and one count of Simple Possession. Judge Scott Green presided over the three-day trial that was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Matt McLeod and Sean McDermott of the Felony Drug Unit.

In August 2013, the Knoxville Police Department received several citizen complaints regarding drug activity at 2544 Woodbine Avenue. KPD Repeat Offender Squad Officer Adam Broome investigated the complaints and made four controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Mitchell and others within the residence. Based on those purchases, Officer Broome obtained a search warrant for the residence that was executed on September 12, 2013, by KPD Special Operations Squad and Repeat Offender Squad. The search of the residence revealed several ounces of both crack and powder cocaine. Mitchell was also found in possession of $1200 that included marked money from the undercover purchases.

Mitchell previously served ten years in federal prison based on convictions from the 1990s for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Use of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime. The State will use Mitchell’s prior cocaine and gun charges to seek an enhanced sentence in this case. Judge Green set a sentencing hearing for March 27, 2015.

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