July 16 Trial Date Set In Brainerd Army Store Case, But It May Be Held Later

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A July 16 trial date has been set in the case in which Tony and Terry Honeycutt, owners of the Brainerd Army Store, face federal charges of selling large amounts of ingredients allegedly used in meth production. The deadline for plea deals is July 2.

Tony Honeycutt appeared Tuesday before Federal Magistrate Court Judge Bill Carter.

Terry Honeycutt was in court Monday, and prosecutor Jay Woods said his attorney, Chris Townley, has asked for certain evidence that involves proprietary software.

He indicated working out that issue could delay the case.

Prosecutor Woods told Judge Sandy Mattice that the government has strong evidence in the case, saying that "massive surveillance" was conducted.

The government originally filed criminal informations in the case. Criminal informations are often brought when it is expected that a guilty plea settlement will be reached.

After the filing of the criminal informations, a hearing was set for a change of plea by Tony Honeycutt. However, Terry Honeycutt did not set such a hearing.

The Tony Honeycutt guilty plea did not go forward. His attorney, Steven Sadow, said at the time, "Because of the position of the co-defendant," Tony Honeycutt was not in a position to fulfill one of the requirements of the guilty plea - a "required pre-payment."

The government in the informations was seeking a $300,000 money judgment for the alleged profit on the meth materials from January 2008 to October 2010. The government was also seeking to confiscate the land and store at 5102 Brainerd Road.

The indictment lists the forfeiture amount as $269,751.98. It does not mention confiscating the land and store.

Authorities said earlier that the store was selling large amounts of Polar Ice, which contains a high amount of iodine - a key ingredient in the production of meth.

The Honeycutts remain free on bond. 

 



Copies Of Remaining Chattanooga Photo Books Available At Zarzour's Restaurant

Remaining copies of the Chattanooga Photo books are available at Zarzours Restaurant on Rossville Avenue off Main Street. It is near Fire Hall #1. They include the Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads In and Around Chattanooga, and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga.  All were published by Chattanoogan.com.  and printed by College Press at Collegedale. The ... (click for more)

Daniel Johnson Gets 46-Month Federal Sentence For Cocaine Deals Using Postal Service

A Chattanooga man involved in a scheme to use the U.S. Postal Service to deliver large shipments of cocaine from California has been sentenced to serve 46 months in federal prison. Daniel Johnson, who had "not spent a day in jail" prior to his arrest in the drug case, appeared before Judge Travis McDonough. Authorities said the drugs were delivered from California in packages. ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Should Be Problem Solvers Around The City

Re: Roy Exum’s “Stay, Signal Mountain, Stay”  Well this article is something to think about. I think the split could go either way, and Signal Mountain schools would still flourish, as they have done for the past several years. What I'm worried about is why Signal Mountain has not yet had the guts to go be problem solvers at Howard, or Tyner, or Central. Why do ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Would I Vote?

I don’t know what to think or who to believe in the debacle surrounding Alabama’s Roy Moore and his quest for a Senate seat. I have no earthly idea what he did or how he acted 40 years ago. Heck, I can’t remember what I did or how I acted 40 years ago but I do recall I kissed some minors back then. To be real honest, they were the only ones that would let me, this because I was ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Gets First Win For Coach Lamont Paris

Lamont Paris came into the post-game interview room at McKenzie Arena Thursday night with a smile on his face and he had to feel good after getting his first win as the head coach of the Chattanooga Mocs basketball team. We all know that the Mocs are the youngest team in the NCAA this fall and they had lost their first two games on the road, including an embarrassing 89-47 loss ... (click for more)

Bradley Central Opens With 49-38 Win Vs. William Blount

Bradley Central’s Bearettes opened their high school basketball season Thursday night with a 49-38 victory over William Blount in Maryville, Tennessee. Senior Rhyne Howard, a Miss Basketball finalist last season, led the Bearettes with 20 points and Kimia Carter added 12. Lexi Campos paced William Blount with 11 points. Bradley’s proud defense forced 23 turnovers, ... (click for more)