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Bradley Co. man sentenced to 262 months for aiding and abetting the distribution of meth

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Timothy Joe Swallows, 39, of Cleveland, Tennessee, was sentenced on Friday to serve 21 years and 8-months in prison.

Swallows pleaded guilty in July 2014 to charges of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

In 2012, Swallows was arrested after a routine traffic stop in Bradley County revealed he was driving on a revoked license. The passenger in the vehicle, Amber Flowers, was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for her arrest.

During the stop, two large bags of meth were recovered from Flowers. A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphanelia and more than $1000 in cash. The amount of meth seized was close to 85 grams. Swallows told police he was helping Flowers sell the meth. Flowers previously pleaded guilty to the same offense and was sentenced to serve 77 months in prison.

Swallows was classified as a "career offender" under federal law because he had four prior drug trafficking convictions, including three separate convictions for distributing meth in Bradley County, Tennessee within the last 10 years. His federal sentence reflected his prior state convictions and the risk of harm his conduct posed to society.

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