Police: high school tennis coach caught buying meth

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A private school tennis coach in Chattanooga has been arrested after buying $200 worth of methamphetamine during a police sting.

The Times Free Press reports 51-year-old Philip Henry Johnson, the boys tennis coach at Baylor School in Chattanooga, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Whitfield County, Georgia.

A news release from Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood says investigators received information that a coach from Baylor frequently went there to purchase meth.

They determined another buy would happen on Thursday, and officers set up surveillance around Interstate 75. Police say Johnson met with a cooperating police source to purchase meth for $200.

Johnson was charged with drug-related offenses, along with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

He is being held without bond in the Whitfield County Jail.