Former Newport detective sentenced in drug, money laundering scheme

James Holt (source: Newport Police Department)

NEWPORT (WATE) – Former Newport police detective James Holt was sentenced to eight years in jail Monday for his part in an alleged drug and money laundering scheme.

Holt pleaded guilty to charges contained in three state indictments. He had previous pleaded guilty to federal charges and sentenced to 90 months in prison for those.

The plea and sentencing ends the case that began with an undercover investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation from April 2014 through July 2014.

The investigation revealed that James Holt bought stolen property and sold it from convenience stores owned by his wife Kathy Holt in Newport.

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Deputies say James Holt also distributed hydrocodone and swapped the drug for stolen property and many of the transactions occurred while Holt was on duty as a detective captain with the Newport Police Department. James Holt was sentenced to 90 months in prison last November.

Another Newport police officer, Roger Lynn Shults, and Kathy Holt’s son Kenneth Myers were also charged in the case.

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