In mid-2008, detectives from St. Louis County, Missouri investigated pharmacy log books of pseudoephedrine purchases in the St. Louis area. The log books and the ensuing investigation revealed that Hodge and a number of associates were purchasing large quantities of pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. Hodge was arrested on August 1, 2008, and charged with (1) conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine, knowing and having reason to believe it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine; (2) possession of pseudoephedrine, knowing and having reason to believe it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine; and (3) conspiracy to manufacture and distribute more than fifty grams of methamphetamine.
At trial, the government presented the testimony of Detective Joseph Smith, Sergeant Jason Grellner, and Detective James Vargas. Smith testified about the investigation of Hodge and his associates, the purchases of pseudoephedrine by this group of individuals, and the discovery of a methamphetamine production site. Grellner testified about the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, typical usage of methamphetamine, the effect of methamphetamine on the body, and the pharmacy log books that showed the pseudoephedrine purchases by Hodge and his associates. Vargas testified about the discovery of methamphetamine production sites based upon information provided by Hodge’s associates. During Smith’s and Grellner’s testimony, the government introduced certified copies of pharmacy log books that showed Hodge and his associates had purchased 489.36 grams of pseudoephedrine between May 2006 and March 2007. Hodge was in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections from April 20, 2007, to March 27, 2008. During this time, his associates purchased 685.8 grams of pseudoephedrine. After Hodge was released from jail, he purchased 47.52 grams of pseudoephedrine, and his co-conspirator, Christina Dittmaier, purchased 31.68 grams.
Dittmaier, Kim Mercer, and Scott Skaggs, all co-conspirators, testified that Hodge cooked methamphetamine for himself and others at multiple locations using pseudoephedrine pills provided by various individuals between 2006 and 2008.
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|Trial Court Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Eric W. Butts|
|Bradley Hodge||Pro Se|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Jeannette Suzanne Graviss||US Attorney's Office|