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State v. Dullard

Supreme Court of Iowa
668 N.W.2d 585 (2003)


Facts

The police searched the home of Brett Dullard (defendant) and discovered three boxes of Benadryl, which was a medicine that contained pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used in methamphetamine. The police also found other paraphernalia commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as a written note stating that the person who had written the note had seen a black and white car with someone inside watching Dullard’s home. Dullard was charged with possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. The note was used at trial against Dullard to demonstrate that the person who wrote the note, whose identity was unknown, felt that Dullard needed to be warned that they might have been being watched by the police. The trial court’s admission of the note into evidence led to Dullard’s conviction. Dullard appealed the conviction.

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