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Last years meth busts receive stiff federal prison sentences

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

“Methamphetamine is the worst drug I’ve ever encountered,” said Sherriff Mike Reece in a recent interview. That sentiment is echoed across the country as cities throughout the United States work to put an end to the methamphetamine epidemic.
On the heels of Operation Salt Vegas (a local drug-related bust published in last week’s Tomahawk), suspects from previous methamphetamine related arrests were recently sentenced in federal court.
On May 28, 2013 the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department made several methamphetamine related arrests in Johnson County. The arrests came after a lengthy investigation that was the result of a joint effort between the Johnson County’s Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshalls and the Counter Drug Task Force. Recently the majority of the suspects were tried in federal court in Greeneville, Tennessee.
The following suspects in the May 28 drug bust were all tried on the charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and were sentenced as follows: Janet Bunting was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release; Crystal Potter was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release; Amber Coffey was sentenced to 148 months imprisonment and five years supervised release; Heather Eller was sentenced to 92 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release; Billy Hartness received the stiffest sentence thus far with 211 months imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release; Lance D. Hammons was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years supervised release; Brittany Pennington received a sentence of 51 months imprisonment and three years supervised release; Debbie Snyder was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment followed by four years supervised release; Stacy Snyder was sentenced to 108 months in prison and four years supervised release; Aaron Stout was sentenced to 168 months in prison and five years supervised release; finally, Rachel M. Williams (Degrote) received 52 months imprisonment followed by four years supervised release. The following suspects who were a part of the same May 28 bust have not yet been sentenced: Gerald D. Campbell, Randy Davis, Daniel Johnson, Benjamin Morefield, John David Reece, John G. Reece II, and Terence Turnmire. The Tomahawk will publish the sentencing of the remaining suspects as the information becomes available.