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May 16, 2014

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Mountain City And Shades Valley Residents Sentenced For Conspiring To Manufacture Methamphetamine

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Two defendants involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy were sentenced on May 14, 2014, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U. S. District Judge. Daniel W. Johnson, 33, of Mountain City, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 130 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Gerald Dean Campbell, 45, of Shady Valley, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 116 months in federal prison, to be followed by eight years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

A total of 20 defendants 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. Seven other defendants named in the indictment were also charged with distributing methamphetamine. All other defendants in this case have been adjudicated guilty and will be sentenced later this year.

The charges against these defendants stemmed from a lengthy investigation, from August 2006 to May 2013. The investigation revealed that the defendants conspired to obtain pseudoephedrine and other products needed to manufacture methamphetamine, from various sources in the Eastern District of Tennessee, the Western District of North Carolina and the 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, 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, and the DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suzanne Kerney-Quillen and Caryn Hebets represented the United States.

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