Jefferson City man faces federal meth charges

1 year 9 months 1 week ago July 15, 2015 Jul 15, 2015 Wednesday, July 15 2015 Wednesday, July 15, 2015 4:05:00 PM CDT in News
By: Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced Wednesday a fourth man faces drug charges in connection with a Feb. 2015 police chase resulting in a seizure of a large quantity of meth. 

Matthew Eppenauer, 31, was charged with allegedly distributing methamphetamine. Three other men are charged in the same case: David Rodebaugh Michael Pearson and Hernan Hurtado. All four men are from Jefferson City. 

Wednesday's indictment alleges all four men participated in a conspiracy to distribute meth. Rodebaugh, 40, and Pearson, 32, are charged together for possession with intent to distribute. 

Court documents stated officers were conducting surveillance of Rodebaugh as part of a drug-trafficking investigation. Rodebaugh, Pearson and Hurtado met in a the Capital Mall parking lot and allegedly exchanged five pounds of meth. Rodebaugh and Pearson then led officers on a chase where Pearson fled on foot. Both men were apprehended by police.

Hurtado was apprehended later that day after he reported a robbery at his home to the Jefferson City Police. 

Eppenauer is also charged with attempting to possess meth with intent to distribute. 

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