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Man sentenced in rolling meth case

Arrested by the Erwin Police Department in September 2008 with a rolling methamphetamine lab, a Johnson County man was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to spend more than 10 years in prison with no chance of parole.
Tony Lee Church, 36, of Butler, was sentenced to 123 months imprisonment followed by six years of supervised release in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, by the Honorable Leon Jordan, United States District Judge.
Church pleaded guilty on June 3, 2009 after being indicted by the federal grand jury for manufacturing of a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
Church’s co-defendant, Kristy Dawn Dugger, was previously sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on a related charge. There is no parole in the federal system.
The case began in June 2008 when a Johnson County Deputy began pursuing Church, because Church was wanted for a violation of probation and other charges. The deputy followed Church to a residence where Church got out of his vehicle and went in the back door of the residence. When the deputy went in the back door, Church ran out the front door.
According to a news release from the Department of Justice, the residence was searched and a meth lab was discovered at Church’s residence. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was called to disassemble and dispose of the hazardous materials. The liquids on site were examined and determined by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to be pseudoephedrine, a necessary precursor chemical for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Erwin police officers observed two individuals at the corner of Main Street and Rock Creek Road selling tools. The officers stopped to see if