Region 8 Man Must Face the Music in Mississippi Drug Charges

NOVEMBER 5, 2004 - Posted at 12:12 p.m. CST

JACKSON, MS - The Mississippi Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a northeast Arkansas man convicted of possession of ephedrine.

Ephedrine or pseudoephedrine is commonly sold over the counter as Sudafed and similar drugs.  It can be a precursor in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The Mississippi Court on Thursday said it agreed with the Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court that it's not necessary to send drugs to the state Crime Laboratory for analysis if the ingredients are clearly listed on the labels.

Christopher Burchfield of Harrisburg was arrested May 29, 2001, after a Walgreens clerk called Horn Lake, Mississippi police to report that a man had just purchased a large quantity of pseudoephedrine, and that the man and his companion were driving away.

Police stopped the car and noticed a Walgreens bag on the rear seat containing boxes of ephedrine.  Police found additional ephedrine in the trunk in a bag from a supermarket.

Police said the car contained 864 pills of ephedrine.

Mississippi law makes it illegal to possess 250 or more dosage units of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)