CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Sikeston man was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking charges.
According to U.S. Attorney James G. Martin, Eldridge "Gwish" Sumlin, 32, was sentenced to 121 months on one felony count of distribution of cocaine base, three felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base, one felony count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base and one felony count of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base. He appeared before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber.
On Feb. 5, 2002, in Scott County, Sumlin sold 4.4 grams of cocaine base to an informant for the Drug Enforcement Agency. Sumlin also sold the following in Scott County to a DEA informant: 11.2 grams of cocaine base on Feb. 13, 2002; 6.2 grams of cocaine base on March 4, 2002; and 11.4 grams of cocaine base on April 11, 2002.
On Sept. 11, 2002, federal and state law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant for Sumlin's residence located at 810 Wakefield, Apt. E in Sikeston. Inside the residence, officers located 130.6 grams of cocaine base.
Beginning at a time which included from in and around October 2001 through September 2002, Sumlin conspired with others to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base. Pursuant to this agreement, various members of the conspiracy, to include Sumlin, on a regular and ongoing basis, obtained kilo quantities of cocaine in Kansas City from various other members of the conspiracy and transported the cocaine to Southeast Missouri where various members of the conspiracy converted the cocaine to a form of cocaine base known as "crack" cocaine. The crack cocaine was then distributed by various members of the conspiracy, to include Sumlin, in and around the Sikeston area. The amount of cocaine base distributed pursuant to this agreement was more than 50 grams.
A Charleston man was also sentenced by Webber on charges of distributing cocaine base while a Memphis, Tenn., man was sentenced on charges of bank robbery and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Mario Evans, 24, of Charleston was sentenced to 100 months on two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base.
On Nov. 5, 2002, and again on Dec. 2, 2002, in Charleston, Evans sold more than five grams of "crack" cocaine to an undercover officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.