May 13, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. -– Attorney General Chris Koster said Circuit Judge Rick Tucker has sentenced Gerald Scrimshire, Jr., of Macon, to 7 years in state prison after he pled guilty to attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.
Koster said a confidential informant put the North Missouri Drug Task Force (NoMoDTF) in touch with Scrimshire. Scrimshire offered to teach the undercover officers how to “cook,” but as a condition asked that they obtain a quantity of pseudoephedrine. Scrimshire obtained other ingredients necessary to manufacture meth. As they drove to the cook site with the methamphetamine ingredients, Scrimshire described to the officers in detail how to manufacture meth under the increasingly common “one-pot method.” Unbeknownst to Scrimshire, NoMoDTF officers had arranged with local law enforcement to conduct a traffic stop of Scrimshire’s vehicle; the stop was made, and Scrimshire was arrested.
Koster said Assistant Attorney General Tim Anderson assisted former Macon County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Bickhaus on the case.