In January 2007, members of the Marion County sheriff’s department found a number of individuals in possession of “ice” methamphetamine during traffic stops. An investigation was initiated which included controlled purchases of methamphetamine by a confidential informant. The investigation led to a series of indictments charging 39 individuals with a methamphetamine conspiracy and associated drug and firearms offenses.
Four defendants, Appellants Harry Pritchett, Jessie Johnson, Eddie Rollins and Mike Coffelt, went to trial. After a fourteen-day jury trial, all four were found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine (Count 1) and conspiracy to possess a listed chemical – pseudoephedrine and iodine – with knowledge that the chemical would be used to manufacture methamphetamine (Count 2). Pritchett, Rollins and Coffelt were additionally found guilty of associated offenses. With respect to Pritchett and Coffelt, the jury found that the conspiracy charged in Count 1 involved 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) or 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine. With respect to Rollins and Johnson, the jury found that the conspiracy involved 5 grams of methamphetamine (actual) or 50 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine. Pritchett was sentenced to 240 months in prison; Rollins was sentenced to 360 months in prison; Johnson was sentenced to 97 months in prison; and Coffelt was sentenced to 240 months in prison.
Judge(s): Robert Holmes Bell
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|James Woolard||Miller Canfield|
|Melissa Salina||Office of the Federal Public Defender|
|Dennis Terez||Office of the Federal Public Defender|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Scott Winne||U.S. Department of Justice|