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September 7, 2011

St. Clair County man found guilty of methamphetamine/possession charges

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Joe Pat Carl has been found guilty of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. The case was moved from St. Clair County to Bates County on a change of venue. Associate Circuit Judge Debra Hopkins presided.

Koster said the jury found Carl guilty after hearing testimony that on August 14, 2009, Carl acted with others to attempt to manufacture methamphetamine at a shed on his property. Carl also was found guilty of possessing methamphetamine found in the house he shared with his girlfriend.

Carl will be sentenced on November 15. Koster said that as a prior and persistent drug offender, Carl faces 10 to 30 years in prison on each count. The sentence handed down on the attempting to manufacture conviction will be without probation or parole.

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