Newport police captain files plea agreement in federal drug, gun

Newport police captain files plea agreement in federal drug, gun case

James Holt (source: Newport Police Department) James Holt (source: Newport Police Department)

NEWPORT (WATE) - A Newport police captain charged in a misconduct case involving drugs and alleged money laundering has filed a plea agreement in his federal case, which has been agreed upon by all parties. The agreement calls for a sentence of 90 months in prison.

James Holt, 59, must also serve five years of supervised release under the agreement. These sentences would run concurrent with any sentence received as a result of the state charges against him.

Holt's federal charges were for distribution of a Schedule II narcotic and knowingly using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and relation to a drug trafficking offense.

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TBI officials say their investigation began on April 16 at the request of District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn. Agents say they learned that James Holt bought and sold stolen goods, and on several occasions, at the store his wife Kathy owned.

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They also learned James Holt bought and sold prescription drugs, including hydrocodone and Xanax, and that some of the transactions happened in a school zone, while Holt was on duty in his Newport Police Department issued vehicle.

In the agreement, Holt admits to federal allegations that he met with a TBI informant and provided him with drugs in exchange for goods purported to be stolen to be sold at his wife's store. The merchandise, which was marked, was later purchased by undercover agents.

The agreement also reveals several firearms were found during a search of Holt's residence as well as several items of clothing purchased from the informant. At the Newport Police Department, investigators searched Holt's personal locker and found several more guns and numerous torn evidence bags and envelopes. A different name was listed on each, with some dating as far back as 1994.

In one of the torn envelopes, agents found suspected cocaine, two miscellaneous pills, an empty pill bottle and a bottle of testosterone.

A safe was also found under Holt's desk which contained a brown paper evidence bag containing prescription bottles with multiple people's names on them, a pill grinder, and miscellaneous loose pills. A search of Holt's work vehicle turned up an unlabeled bottle containing 17 pills, a manila envelope containing various pills and many prescription bottles with other people's names on them.

Holt's wife Alderwoman Kathy Holt, 50, her son Kenneth Myers, 31, and Det. Capt. Roger Lynn Shults, 50, were all also indicted by a grand jury in the case.

A sentencing date for James Holt has not yet been set.

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