Man charged with possession of meth chemical skips trial

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Kuldeep Singh Sekhon, charged with possession of pseudoephedrine, a chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine, did not show up Monday for a jury trial in federal court in Cape Girardeau.

According to Phillip March, an investigator for the bond agency that posted Sekhon's $100,000 bond, his failure to appear may be related to pending Georgia charges for racketeering.

March said he has spent the past week searching for Sekhon, visiting Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky after the U.S. Marshals Service approached him Feb. 29 and said they were looking for Sekhon in connection with the racketeering charges.

In Missouri, a grand jury indicted Sekhon on knowingly and intentionally possessing pseudoephedrine, knowing the chemical would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Sekhon allegedly asked an employee to "get rid" of three cases of pseudoephedrine pills in April 2006, asking for $2,000 per case of the pills, according to court documents.

The pills were later recovered by law enforcement.

Federal prosecutor Tim Willis said the case was a "meth precursor case," one of many in Southeast Missouri, and that most end in a plea instead of a jury trial.

The Florida Times-Union reported Feb. 15 that Camden County, Ga., investigators are continuing to probe a truck stop found to have been shorting customers.

A 2006 business license lists Sekhon as the owner, but the another man was named as the owner on the Georgia Secretary of State's Office Web site, the Times-Union reported.

Willis said he had heard there might be racketeering charges in Georgia pending for Sekhon, but could not confirm it.

bdicosmo@semissourian.com

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