By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - Sabian Chatman, 36, of Columbus was sentenced to 4 years in prison on a heroin trafficking case. Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville said Chatman was caught with a significant amount of heroin and was someone who was bringing drugs to our community from the Columbus area. Chatman could have received eight years but pleaded guity in exchange for half that.
McConville said, "I'm happy with the mandatory four year sentence, that's a significant amount of time. I'm also happy there's been a forfeiture [$2,420] that's going to law enforcement to help continue the effort against drug crimes."
Sabian Chatman - file photo
Chatman was arrested in December during a raid on a drug house at 807 N. Mulberry Street. During the SWAT raid, police found more than 10 grams of heroin packaged for distribution. Prior to the arrest police had conducted two undercover buys of heroin from Chatman at that same address.
This trip to prison will not be the first for Chatman as he has a long criminal record for drug trafficking and escape. He previously served six years behind bars.
McConville says there are multiple drug dealers who come to Mount Vernon from Columbus, Newark and elsewhere to sell. Local dealers then resell the drugs to addicts in the Mount Vernon area.