A. The Conspiracy
In early 2009, Glenn Kamper, Joe Head, and Jonathan St. Onge devised a plan to manufacture and distribute MDMA in Chattanooga, Tennessee. K.R. 243 (Trial Tr. at 116) (Page ID #1201). Each of the men filled a different role in the conspiracy: Kamper was the administrator, Head was in charge of manufacturing, and St. Onge organized the distribution. Kamper first proposed the idea of dealing drugs, he supplied the initial start-up funds and “provided cash flow,” and he ensured that the process stayed “on an even keel.” Id. at 116 (Page ID #1201). Head had access to chemical supplies through his laboratory job at a water treatment facility, and he used his education and training in chemistry to devise a method of producing MDMA from the sassafras plant. Id. at 117 (Page ID #1202). St. Onge drew on his experience dealing other drugs to organize a distribution network among deejays and others involved in the “rave scene.” Id. at 118–19, 139 (Page ID #1203–04, 1224).
The three men initially manufactured MDMA at Kamper’s home, but they later relocated to a house in Georgia. Id. at 124–25 (Page ID #1209–10). During the manufacturing process, Head extracted a compound naturally produced in the sassafras plant and used several toxic chemicals to transform the natural compound into a synthetic compound. None of the other conspirators had the education or training necessary to understand or execute the manufacturing process: “[Head] was the brains behind everything, all the chemical work.” Id. at 133 (Page ID #1218). At times, other co-conspirators, including St. Onge, Kamper’s boyfriend Jared Pietzsch, and Head’s roommate Jeremy Harvey, assisted Head with “menial tasks” related to the production process, such as “cutting up little squares of aluminum foil [and] holding things that were heavy.” Id. at 121–22 (Page ID #1206–07). However, they would generally “stay away from the [manufacturing] process” even when they were in the house at the same time. Id. at 151 (Page ID #1236).
Judge(s): Karen Nelson Moore
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Allison Ehlert||Ehlert Appeals|
|Nikki Pierce||Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee Inc|
|Amy Baron-Evans||Office of the Federal Public Defender|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Luke McLaurin||U.S. Department of Justice|
|Jay Woods||U.S. Department of Justice|