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Meth defendants receive probation on numerous charges

April 11th, 2012 6:40 am by John Thompson

Meth defendants receive probation on numerous charges

ELIZABETHTON — Two Johnson County residents who had been accused of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine were each sentenced to probation with the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole during proceedings in Carter County Criminal Court on Monday.
Clarence Buddy Arnold, 48, and Tammy Lou Arnold, 45, had each entered guilty pleas on Jan. 17. They had each been indicted by a Carter County grand jury in June on charges they had made numerous purchases of cold medicine in Carter County for the purpose of obtaining the active ingredient psuedoephedrine. That chemical is a vital ingredient used by drug dealers to manufacture methamphetamine.
Clarence Buddy Arnold pleaded guilty in January on all 27 counts he had been indicted on. He was accused of purchasing cold medicines in Carter County pharmacies from Jan. 8, 2010, to Dec. 4, 2010. All of the charges were for promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Tammy Lou Arnold pleaded guilty in January on all 29 counts she had been indicted on. She was accused of purchasing cold medicines in Carter County pharmacies from Jan. 8 through Dec. 23, 2010. All of her charges were for promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Judge Robert Cupp sentenced Charles Buddy Arnold to five years of probation and Tammy Lou Arnold to four years of probation. They were fined $50 plus court costs on each count.
A court official said that amounted to a total cost for Charles Buddy Arnold of $6,772.50. For Tammy Lou Arnold, the total cost is $7,222.50.

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