FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Octo­ber 28, 2013

Two Mis­souri Res­i­dents Charged with Metham­phet­a­mine Conspiracy

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Tamatha J. Gottschall (DOB 03/27/1976) and James R. Charles (DOB 03/01/1976), both of 202 Pres­son Street in East Prairie, Mis­souri have each been indict­ed by the Union Coun­ty Grand Jury on one (1) count of Con­spir­a­cy: Unlaw­ful Pos­ses­sion of Metham­phet­a­mine Pre­cur­sors, a Class X Felony, and one (1) count of Unlaw­ful Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Metham­phet­a­mine Pro­duc­tion, a Class 1 Felony.  The two are alleged to have pur­chased prod­ucts con­tain­ing ephedrine or pseu­doephedrine at an Anna retail­er on eighty (80) occa­sions dur­ing the years 2012 and 2013 for the pur­pose of man­u­fac­tur­ing metham­phet­a­mine.  Each is being held at the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail in Mur­phys­boro on $100,000 bond.  The Indict­ments fol­low an inves­ti­ga­tion by the Union, Jack­son and John­son Coun­ty Sheriff’s Offices with assis­tance from the Mis­souri High­way Patrol.

The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing photographs.