CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Lilbourn man was sentenced to five years in prison and four others entered guilty pleas to drug-related charges when they appeared in federal court Monday.
Travis A. Johnson, 23, of Lilbourn, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton to 60 months on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base.
On Dec. 4, 2003, Scott County deputies and an officer with the Semo Drug Task Force received a tip that Johnson was selling crack cocaine from a vehicle, which was backed into a vacant lot driveway in the 700 block of Ruth Street in Sikeston. The officers located the vehicle and asked Johnson to step out of the car. When a deputy patted down Johnson's outer clothing, a plastic bag containing 21 smaller bags of crack cocaine were found. Following his arrest, Johnson admitted that he was fronted an "eight ball" of crack cocaine earlier that morning and was selling the crack at the time of his arrest.
Sally Limbaugh, 43, of New Madrid County, entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
With her plea, Limbaugh admitted that at approximately 4:30 p.m. May 19 officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety executed a warrant for her Sikeston apartment. The search warrant was issued by the Circuit Court of New Madrid County.
Recovered from within the residence were 2,040 60-milligram pseudoephedrine pills (for a total of 122.4 grams of actual pseudoephedrine); four small bags of suspected methamphetamine prepared for injection, chemicals utilized in the methamphetamine manufacturing process and various other items associated with the manufacture and use of meth.
At the time of the execution of the warrant, Limbaugh admitted she had been in possession of the pseudoephedrine with the intent that it would ultimately be used in the manufacture of meth.
She now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine along with not more than three years supervised release.
Harry J. Imhoff, 39, of Scott County faces a maximum of 30 years in prison, a $4 million fine and not more than six years supervised release for his guilty plea of one felony count of attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, one felony count of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine and one felony count of manufacturing meth.
Imhoff admitted with his plea that at approximately 11:15 a.m. June 18 deputies with the Scott County Sheriff's Department went to his home for the purpose of serving a warrant on him. The deputies suspected that Imhoff was involved in manufacturing methamphetamine.
After being granted permission to enter the home, as the officers observed Imhoff and another individual coming from a back room. A deputy also observed what he recognized to be components of an active meth lab in the room from which Imhoff had just exited. During the search deputies located an active clandestine laboratory which contained a mixture which later tested positive for the presence of meth at the DEA lab and pseudoephedrine pills that were being broken down to be used in the production of the drug. Other chemicals utilized in making meth and items of clandestine lab equipment were also recovered.
At about 3:19 a.m. one week later on June 25, a Scott County deputy made a vehicle stop on three subjects who the deputy had observed leaving Imhoff's residence. Subsequent to the stop, deputies made contact with Imhoff who granted verbal consent to search the residence, where components of a second meth lab and a small amount of finished methamphetamine were located in the back room. He admitted to deputies that he had been involved in manufacturing meth.
Imhoff's prior criminal history includes two unrelated convictions for second degree burglary an a conviction for unlawful possession of LSD in December 1990.