A federal judge sentenced two men Friday to lengthy prison stays for cooking methamphetamine after a metal tank of anhydrous ammonia exploded in a Walmart parking lot last year.
U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes sentenced Cory Ingram, 31, of Camden, Tenn., to 150 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release and Anthony Coker, 34, of Hermitage, Tenn., to 87 months in prison and four years of supervised release for conspiring to make meth with the intent to distribute 50 or more grams of the drug, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nashville.
Coker received an additional 87 months, followed by 3 years supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He'll serve that sentence concurrently with his other sentence.
Both defendants were also ordered to pay restitution of $1,636.00 each for the cost incurred by the DEA for the cleanup. They pleaded guilty to the charges in April 2011.
Police arrested Ingram and Coker after a metal tank, containing anhydrous ammonia, exploded in the back of Ingram’s pickup truck on March 9, 2010, in the parking lot of the Walmart at the corner of Murfreesboro Road and Hamilton Church Pike. Walmart security video showed both men getting out of the truck before the explosion. According to law enforcement authorities, the two men were buying additional supplies to cook meth when the explosion occurred.
Accordin to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the investigation also turned up several other items used to make meth inside the truck.
Ingram admitted to manufacturing methamphetamine and claimed the items found in his truck, while Coker claimed to own a bag containing a loaded 9mm handgun, pseudoephedrine pills, digital scales and other items used to meth ingredients.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Metro police and the Nashville Fire Department investigated the incident. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynne T. Ingram represented the government in the case.