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Sikeston lawyer sentenced on drug charges

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Sikeston attorney was sentenced on methamphetamine charges.

Spencer L. Edwards, 38, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison and given a $1,000 fine on one felony count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He appeared on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

On July 14, 2000, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the SEMO Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the law offices of Spencer Edwards located at 215 N. Stoddard in Sikeston.

The search warrant was issued following Edwards' purchase of approximately one ounce of methamphetamine from a confidential government informant earlier that day. Edwards had paid the informant $1,600 for the methamphetamine which was delivered to Edwards at his law office. Immediately afterward, agents executed the search warrant finding Edwards in possession of the methamphetamine.

At the time of his plea, Edwards admitted that he intended to distribute a portion of the methamphetamine to others and that in total, he was responsible for purchasing and attempting to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

"This case demonstrates that methamphetamine use and trafficking transcends all social, economic and occupational boundaries and should serve as a poignant example that dealing in methamphetamine is a serious crime, with serious consequences for anyone who knowingly participates in such conduct," said U.S. Attorney Raymond W. Gruender.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry H. Ferrell, who handled the prosecution for the government, stated that "Edwards' conviction brings this investigation to a close, and no further indictments are expected."