Local man sentenced on federal gun, drug charges

By Thomas Wilson
STAR STAFF
twilson@starhq.com
A former Elizabethton resident convicted of federal gun and narcotics violations earlier this year has been sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison in the U.S. District Court of Greeneville, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Lane Brian Greene, 31, formerly of 1717 Siam Road, was sentenced to 248 months in prison on federal gun and drug violations by U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie J. Greer last week, according to a statement issued by ATF's Nashville Field Division on Friday.
Greer sentenced Greene to 188 months incarceration for a narcotics conspiracy violation and 60 months for a firearm violation. Greene was convicted of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime and violating a federal narcotics conspiracy law on July 21, 2003, according to the ATF. Greene was also placed on four years probation to be completed after his release from prison.
The case began after officers with the Elizabethton Police Department investigated an aggravated domestic assault incident involving Greene and his girlfriend, Amanda Thomas, on Nov. 6, 2002. According to the police report issued, Greene pushed Thomas onto her bed, pushed a loaded pistol against her forehead and threatened to "blow her head off" after accusing her of having a sexual relationship with a neighbor.
After learning of the assault, the EPD's Special Response Team and agents with the 1st Judicial Drug Task Force went to Thomas's residence at 1235 Bluefield Ave., where they found Greene who was taken into custody without incident.
At the time of his arrest, Greene was wearing a shoulder holster and was armed with a loaded 9 mm pistol according to ATF. In addition to the pistol, police reported finding Greene in possession of ammunition, a small quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana and drug use and sale paraphernalia.
On Feb. 18, 2003, Elizabethton police arrested Greene at Wal-Mart after he was detained by store employees for allegedly shoplifting. Police reported finding Greene in possession of marijuana and seven small plastic bags that appeared to contain crystal methamphetamine.
Police arrested Greene and charged him with assault, theft of property, possession of a firearm, possession of Schedule II drugs and Schedule IV drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest, according to ATF.
ATF Special Agent Mark Reiser said Friday the agency was notified of the incident shortly after Greene's arrest in November and began conducting a federal criminal investigation involving the violations.
"We participate in drug-related crimes when firearms are used," said Reiser. "ATF has always tried to work with other federal, city, and county agencies."
Under federal law, if a person is convicted of using a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, he or she receives a mandatory five-year prison sentence.