On January 20, 2015, Tony Jerome Snyder, 37, of Mountain City, was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison. He was the last in a group of 42 who had been previously charged with methamphetamine manufacturing. He was found guilty of conspiring to make more than 50 grams of methamphetamines. Once Snyder is released from prison, the United States Probation office will supervise him for five years.
Snyder was one of 20 who were charged in May of 2013 of conspiring to make methamphetamine and also possessing the equipment, materials and products to be used in its production. He was the last in the group to be sentenced. Twenty-two others from the same investigation had also been indicted and sentenced in related meth manufacturing charges.
The arrests came from an investigation that ran from 2006 to 2013. The lengthy investigation was a group effort that involved the Johnson County Sheriffs Office, First Judicial District Drug Task Force, Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, Watauga County Sheriffs Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with two assistant United States attorneys.