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April 24, 2014

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Mountain City Residents Sentenced For Conspiring To Manufacture Methamphetamine

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Two individuals involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy were sentenced on Apr. 23, 2014, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. Stacy T. Snyder, 44, of Mountain City, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 108 months in federal prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release. Billy E. Hartness, 35, of Mountain City, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 211 months in federal prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

These individuals, along with 18 others, were indicted in May 2013 for conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and possessing equipment, chemicals, materials, and products to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. All have been adjudicated guilty and have either been sentenced or will be sentenced later this year. The charges stem from a lengthy investigation spanning from August 2006 to May 2013 involving a conspiracy to obtain pseudoephedrine and other products needed to manufacture methamphetamine from various sources in the Eastern District of Tennessee, Western District of North Carolina, and Western District of Virginia. The pseudoephedrine and other products were then used to manufacture methamphetamine utilizing the “shake and bake” method. The methamphetamine was used and distributed in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

This investigation was a result of the collaborative efforts of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, First Judicial District Drug Task Force, Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force, and the DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suzanne Kerney-Quillen and Caryn Hebets represent the United States.

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