Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Meth Cook Had Mentally Challenged Man Buy Him Pseudoephedrine in Exchange for Sodas

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Stephen Munn: Finally, someone defines the term.
  • Stephen Munn: Finally, someone defines the term.
This is why Missouri, a.k.a. the "Meth Capital of America" needs to make pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug, according to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

Last month a judge in Adair County sentenced Stephen Munn to 12 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substances and resisting arrest. Munn had a previous conviction in 2005 for possessing drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamines.

In a statement yesterday, Koster said that when officers arrived at Munn's Kirksville residence to serve a search warrant, he resisted arrest by fleeing. During the subsequent search of his apartment, officers located controlled substances, as well as equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine. Officers also discovered a wanted felon at the home.

But here's where it gets good: Koster said Munn had also been using a mentally challenged man who was in his care to purchase pseudoephedrine to make meth in exchange for providing him soda.

Earlier this week Koster and Missouri governor Jay Nixon announced that they are backing legislation that would ban the over-the-counter sale of pseudophedrine (such as Sudafed). Oregon and Mississippi have a similar law in place and have seen their meth-related arrests drop dramatically.
 
"This is just another example of why we need to have more stringent regulation restricting access to pseudophedrine," said Koster. "Stephen Munn was responsible for the well-being of a mentally challenged man and used him to purchase the main ingredient needed to manufacture methamphetamine. This is unconscionable, and I am grateful that the defendant will be removed from society for years to come."

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation