11 years for meth arrest after meth blast recovery

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee man arrested on a methamphetamine charge following his recovery from severe burns in a separate meth lab explosion has been sent to prison for 11 years.

A federal judge in Chattanooga sentenced Mark Allen Buckner of Englewood to 135 months on his guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture the addictive stimulant.

A Monday statement from the U.S. attorney's office said Buckner was arrested in July 2010 with pseudoephedrine pills that are used to make meth. Two months later, McMinn County investigators were called to a suicide at Buckner's address and discovered a meth lab. Buckner previously was a patient at Vanderbilt University's burn center for injuries from a meth lab explosion.

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