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Church receives prison term, Carpenter arrested

Tony Church, 36, from Butler, Tennessee man will spend 123 months in prison in connection with three separate methan labs with which he was associated. Johnson County deputies discovered a meth lab in June of 2008 at Church’s home and later Erwin police found a mobile lab in the back of his co-defendant, Kristy Dawn Dugger’s, truck. Additionally, police discovered a third lab at the hotel room the two were staying at in Johnson City, Tennessee. Dugger was sentenced to 18 months in prison earlier.
A Mountain City was arrested in Watauga County, North Carolina, for possession of “meth precurcors” with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. According to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, detectives received information that the suspect, William Wayne Carpenter, was going to various pharmacies in western North Carolina purchasing items used to manufacture methamphetamine. During the investigation, officers found evidence of purchases of iodine and pseudoephedrine products from different pharmacies upon a search of the Carpenter vehicle. Detectives also found evidence of the purchase of pseudoephedrine products at different pharmacies throughout the area. Carpenter was arrested and placed in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $12,000.00 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 11th, 2010. According the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation is ongoing and further arrests are expected.