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Man Sentenced for Selling Iodine for Meth

June 17, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

A garden center owner was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for selling iodine used to make methamphetamine in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

Joseph Swafford, 62, also must forfeit his business, Broadway Home and Garden Center, to the government. He declined to comment at his sentencing in Chattanooga.

A jury in March convicted Swafford and his business of conspiring to aid illegal drug-making by selling iodine to customers who used it to make methamphetamine. He was not accused of making the drug.

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