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Convicted drug peddler West’s Farragut holdings to shut down


A Farragut business formerly owned by Scott West is closing its doors, probably in January.

Earth to Old City, 601 N. Campbell Station Road, is projected to close its doors at the end of January when the store gets consolidated into Market Square.

“We are consolidating our Farragut location into Historic Market Square, making downtown [Knoxville] a more vibrant and more unique shopping destination,” the West family said in a press release.

At the Farragut location, a staff member there pointed to a woman identifying herself as Vada West and said she was the owner, but West declined to comment, saying the family said all it had to on the matter in its press release.

The press release said the store has been in Farragut for about 10 years.

“To our patrons in West Knoxville and Farragut, we thank you for a decade of support at our Farragut location and look forward to seeing you downtown,” the release said.

West was sentenced to 75 months in a federal prison Dec. 1.

West earlier pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired with his brother, Mike West, to distribute and sell tons of marijuana over the past 10 years and launder the money through West’s Market Square properties.

West’s Farragut properties were not mentioned in the charges.

U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips issued the sentence during an afternoon hearing.

West faced a minimum 87 months incarceration; his attorneys sought a maximum of 44 months.

Under federal law, he could have faced a minimum mandatory 10-year prison term. Officials said his lack of a prior criminal record and the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s decision to count his help in decoding the financial state of his Market Square properties as official cooperation earned West the break.

In seeking a break, attorneys Donald A. Bosch and Lisa Hatfield contended West was driven by his Market Square ambition, but was deep in debt. Then he was beholden to his marijuana-marketing brother and a begrudging conspirator in a pot-peddling operation that involved tons of the illegal plant.

Federal prosecutors David Jennings and Hugh Ward pushed for a seven-year prison term, saying West’s crimes are serious and he’s already been afforded a break from the 10-year minimum mandatory sentence he could have faced.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration carried out a Sunday morning raid of West’s properties on Market Square in July.

West and his wife, Bernadette, founded several Market Square businesses.

Bernadette is scheduled to be sentenced in January for her part in the money-laundering operation.

 

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