published Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Army store owners charged in meth case

The Brainerd Army store is located on Brainerd Road in Chattanooga.
The Brainerd Army store is located on Brainerd Road in Chattanooga.
Photo by Dan Henry.

A federal prosecutor has charged the owners of the Brainerd Army Store with selling items to make methamphetamine.

If the two men are found guilty, the prosecutor is asking a judge to force them to forfeit the store.

Tony Dewayne Honeycutt and Terry Michael Honeycutt are charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, according to court documents.

As part of the proposed forfeiture, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Woods is asking a federal judge to turn over the 19,000-square-foot property at 5102 Brainerd Road and force the men to pay $300,000.

Tony Honeycutt's attorney, Atlanta-based Steven Sadow, declined to comment on the case.

Rossville-based attorney Chris Townley, who is representing Terry Honeycutt, said his client intends to plead not guilty and is planning to go to trial.

"He did not sell anything that wasn't legal to sell," Townley said.

Woods filed the charges, which accuse the men of making as much as $300,000 from the sale of meth manufacturing equipment from 2008 until 2010.

The filing, called an information document, allows the prosecutor to tell defendants and attorneys that the charge is being pursued by a federal grand jury.

In this case, the grand jury has not yet issued an indictment.

There was no hearing date scheduled for either of the Honeycutts as of Monday.

Contact staff writer Todd South at tsouth@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6347.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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