Benton County Man Sentenced To 135 Months In Federal Prison
Jackson, TN - James Michael Cunningham, age 44, of Camden, TN, was sentenced to 135
months incarceration, five years supervised release, and $10,910 in restitution to the Drug
Enforcement Administration by U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen, for possessing over
500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, announced United States Attorney
Edward L. Stanton, III.
On January 30, 2009, deputies of the Benton County Sheriff's Office served an arrest warrant for
a charge of promotion of methamphetamine on Cunningham. While attempting to locate
Cunningham, the deputies observed several items associated with the manufacture of
methamphetamine outside his home and near a shop/outbuilding located on the property.
Execution of a search warrant resulted in the discovery of several empty lithium battery packs;
approximately 530 grams of a white, powdery substance; approximately 605 grams of a grayish,
powdery substance; and many numerous items that are known to be associated with the
manufacture, production or use of methamphetamine. The total amount paid to the DEA for
contracted hazardous waste removal services was $10,910. The combined total net weight of
substances which contained a detectable amount of methamphetamine was 1,660.6 grams.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Benton County
Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Beth
Hall on behalf of the government.