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Local men in court on federal drug charges

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two Southeast Missouri men appeared in federal court Monday on drug charges.

Travis L. Ware, 35, was sentenced to seven years on three felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base by U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton.

On March 2, April 11 and April 25, 2006, Ware sold over five grams of cocaine base to an undercover officer in Steele.

Robert Jay Lee, 39, of Gideon entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

With his plea, Lee admitted that on March 1, DEA agents, SEMO Drug Task Force officers and deputies from the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at Lee's residence in Gideon.

Located at the residence was approximately three ounces of methamphetamine, four ounces of marijuana and $1,360. After waiving his Miranda rights, Lee admitted to the officers that he had been involved in the distribution of methamphetamine since the summer of 2006.

The methamphetamine seized was tested at the DEA North Central Laboratory in Chicago, where it was determined to be 150 grams of a mixture containing 35.3 grams of actual methamphetamine.

Lee now faces a maximum of life imprisonment, a $4,000,000 fine, or both, with the court imposing a period of supervised release of at least eight years. Sentencing is set for Nov. 26 in Cape Girardeau.