CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Scott County man will spend more than 12 years in federal prison in connection with the possession of cocaine base.
Douglas J. Turner, 29, of Haywood City was sentenced to 151 months on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine. base. He appeared before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.
On Feb. 20, 2004, Scott County Sheriff's deputies stopped a vehicle in the 800 block of William Street in Sikeston to execute an arrest warrant for Turner, who was a passenger in th e vehicle. The deputy ordered Turner to get on the ground but Turner began walking toward his residence on Williams Street.
Turner physically resisted officers and an extensive altercation then ensued. During the altercation, officers deployed their taser guns five separate times before they were able to place Turner in handcuffs.
During a search following Turner's arrest, officers found two plastic bags, one containing 3.2 grams of powdered cocaine and one with 13.6 grams of cocaine base.
Previously convicted on a charge of possession of marijuana in Texas, Turner admitted during the court proceedings he was responsible for the distribution of more than 150 grams of cocaine base in and around Scott County.
Also sentenced Monday were two Pemiscot County residents.
Kenneth Church, 25, was sentenced to 51 months on two felony counts of distribution of cocaine base. The Caruthersville resident was found guilty of selling 1.39 grams of a form of cocaine base known as "crack" cocaine to a confidential informant on Sept. 26, 2003, and on Sept. 30, 2004, he sold 4.93 grams of "crack" cocaine to the same informant.
The court sentenced Marcus Taylor, 22, of Caruthersville to 21 months on one felony count of distribution of cocaine. In a tape-recorded telephone conversation initiated Aug. 5, 2004, by a confidential informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Taylor agreed to sell the confidential informant a quarter ounce of powder cocaine for $250. The sale was later made at Turner's apartment.