Rogersville man sentenced to 15 years in federal court on meth, gun charges

Jeff Bobo • May 28, 2020 at 4:43 PM

GREENEVILLE — A Rogersville man who was nabbed in 2017 with a large quantity of meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as a loaded handgun was sentenced on Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison.

Anthony Dwayne “Boobie” Sensabaugh, 33, was arrested April 4, 2017, during a Third Judicial District’s Drug Task Force raid on his residence at 980 Woodlawn St. in Rogersville. Officials described the residence as a “drug store”.

During the raid officers reportedly seized 17.93 grams of heroin, 14.12 grams of a cocaine-base substance, 14.83 grams of cocaine, 52.24 grams of methamphetamine, 33.36 grams of marijuana and a loaded .25 caliber pistol.

Sensabaugh was sentenced on Tuesday by Judge Clifton Corker, in the United States District Court in Greeneville, having pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On February 4, 2019, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sensabaugh on other charges while free on bond.

While being interviewed following that arrest Sensabaugh admitted to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents and the HCSO that he frequently made purchases of meth in quantities of four to eight ounces weekly prior to the raid on his home in 2017.

“Our office fully supports our law enforcement partners’ investigative efforts to address the resurgence of heroin and other drugs within our region, said U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to prosecute individuals involved in the illegal drug and weapon activities that continue to plague our state.”

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson added, “This is a great example of local and federal law enforcement agencies working closely to eradicate dangerous drug dealers out of our communities. The drug dealer’s residence was located across the street from a middle school, which jeopardized the safety and well-being of school staff and its students.”

The criminal indictment resulted from an investigation by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, the Third Judicial District’s Drug Task Force and the ATF.

“Utilizing two of the DOJ’s national strategies to prevent crime, Project Guardian and Project Safe Neighborhood, this joint collaboration between local, state and federal partners helped to ensure there is one less gun on the streets that can be used to perpetuate criminal activity,” said ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Frank Haera. “This focused investigation and future investigations like it will have a lasting impact within our community.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws.

It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

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