CAPE GIRARDEAU - One man plead guilty, three learned their fate in cases involving drug activity and another man was sentenced on firearm charges Monday when they appeared in federal court before U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton.
Gary Wayne Hornburg, 50, of New Madrid County, plead guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
With his plea, Hornburg admitted that on Sept. 16, 2004, officers with the SEMO Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at his Marston home. Found on the premises were 24.2 grams of pseudoephedrine (actual) and a recipe for manufacturing meth along with various items and other chemicals associated with the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine.
A cooperating source, who is not named, told authorities that Hornburg had wanted to do a $1,000 pill cook" and that Hornburg and the source had agreed to manufacture the meth. The source was to provide ingredients which Hornburg would then use to make the drug. SEMO Drug Task Force officers had arrested the source who was in the process of obtaining pseudoephedrine for the conspiracy. However, the source agreed to cooperate and gave authorities information that lead to the issuance of the search warrant and subsequent arrest of Hornburg.
The defendant's prior criminal history includes felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of an unregistered firearm (sawed-off shotgun.) Hornburg faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine with the court imposing a period of supervised release of at least four years. He will be sentenced on May 23.
Marcus Starnes, 29, of Sikeston, was sentenced to 10 years on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base and one felony count of using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
On June 28, 2004, a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol was patrolling Interstate 55 in Scott County. While on patrol, the officer stopped a vehicle for speeding. Based on information obtained during the stoop, the driver and Starnes, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were searched. Starnes had a small plastic bag containing a substance that appeared to be cocaine base in a right front pocket of his clothing. That substance was seized and analyzed by a Drug Enforcement Administration laboratory and was confirmed to be 5.8 grams of cocaine base. Starnes also had a loaded Harrington and Richardson .32 caliber revolver.
A Caruthersville man was sentenced to 87 months on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base. On the morning of Oct. 18, 2001, the Caruthersville Police Department executed a search warrant at the home of Mario A. Grant, 23, at 905 W. 11th St. in Caruthersville. Upon entering the home, officers located Grant in a bedroom. A search of the residence lead to the discovery of 105 individually wrapped rocks of crack cocaine and $810 in U.S. currency.
Also sentenced was a Kansas City man for possessing cocaine base with the intent to distribute in Charleston. Demetrius D. Peterson, 36, of Wichita, Kan., was sentenced to 121 months on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base.
On April 7, 2004, officers for the Charleston Department of Public Safety and Mississippi County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at 307 Finne St. in Charleston. Upon entry, law enforcement officers located Peterson in a bedroom. During the execution of the search warrant, officers located 55.21 grams of crack cocaine, a micro-digital scale and $1,500 in U.S. currency.
Bobby B. Klingel, 48, of Vanduser, was sentenced to serve one year in prison for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
On Jan. 4, 2004, an officer with the Scott County Sheriff's Department received a report that Klingel had fired a shotgun at a dog at his Scott County residence. When a deputy arrived at the Klingel home, the suspect admitted that he had borrowed a shotgun from another man and shot a dog in his back yard on that date. Klingel then returned the gun to its owner. The deputy then went to the home of the gun owner and seized the firearm. Klingel had been previously convicted of tampering with a motor vehicle in Cape Girardeau County and again in Scott County and felony driving while intoxicated in Scott County.