Thursday, January 30 2014, 03:14 PM EST
Brainerd Army Store Brothers Guilty of Iodine Sales
A federal jury has convicted Terry Michael Honeycutt from Ringgold of conspiring to distribute iodine, knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Honeycutt faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $269,751 (which represents the profit he made from the sale of iodine). Sentencing is set for May 12 in U.S. District Court, Chattanooga.
Earlier, Honeycutt’s brother, Tony Dewayne Honeycutt, pleaded guilty to a similar offense and agreed to a $200,000 monetary judgment, which he paid prior to his sentencing.
The Honeycutt brothers sold Polar Pure from the Brainerd Army Store. Polar Pure is a product used to purify water, but contains 100 percent pure iodine. Prosecutors said the form they sold is preferred by many involved in the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine.
One bottle purifies 500 gallons of water, yet the brothers were selling as many as 12 bottles in a single transaction. A witness testified that he was in line at the Brainerd Army Store when one of the brothers announced that the store was out of Polar Pure. The witness then said at least five other customers who were in line immediately left the store.
During the trial, Honeycutt testified that he was responsible for ordering and stocking the Polar Pure at the Brainerd Army Store. Ultimately, the Brainerd Army Store sold almost 21,000 bottles of Polar Pure from April 2008 to December 2010.
“This case is an example of how law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are working together to remove the major sources of supply for chemicals to individuals who manufacture methamphetamine and have no regard for the negative impact this substance has on society,” said Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.