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Johnson County meth cooks sentenced to 208 and 228 months in prison

Staff Reports • May 28, 2014 at 6:22 PM

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced two Johnson County men involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy to time in federal prison Wednesday.

According to a press release from U.S. Department of Justice, Randy J. Davis 42, of Trade, was sentenced to serve 228 months for conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and Terrance L. Turnmire, 31, of Mountain City, received 208 months for conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. Davis’ sentence will be followed by eight years of supervised release and Turnmire’s will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Twenty people were indicted in May 2013 for conspiring to manufacture meth and possession of equipment, chemicals, materials and products to produce meth. The arrests stemmed from an investigation that took place from August 2006 to May 2013 in East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and the western part of Virginia. It was determined that the production was done in the “shake and bake” method.

Both men were listed as cooks and Davis admitted in his plea agreement that he manufactured at least 35 grams of meth with Turnmire producing somewhere between 50 and 150 grams while distributing at least 35.

Evidence showed that on several occasions, the meth was made in Turnmire’s apartment, where he lived with another co-defendant and their 18-month old child. The apartment within 1,000 feet of a public school.

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