Man extradited from Scotland for allegedly importing chemicals to Arizona

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A man from Scotland is behind bars in Arizona on charges that he imported and distributed chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan ordered that Brian Howes, 48, remain in custody until he goes to trial on an 82-count indictment.

Howes, who was recently extradited to Arizona, is scheduled to be tried on September 5.

Howes is accused of running an Internet business that operated a website called www.KNO3.com. Howes reportedly used the website to bring the chemicals red phosphorus and iodine to Arizona.

According to the indictment, Howes allegedly sold approximately 6,900 grams of red phosphorus and 4,850 grams of iodine in Arizona between 2004 and 2006.

Howes’ co-defendant, Kerry Ann Shanks, is waiting to be extradited.

“Individuals who unlawfully import into our country chemicals used to manufacture harmful drugs cannot escape justice by hiding behind a computer screen in foreign lands,” said U.S. Attorney John S. Leonard. “I commend our law enforcement partners for the investigation that led to the indictment and for the assistance they provided throughout the course of the extradition process.”