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Five Charleston men sentenced

Thursday, July 22, 2004

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Felony drug charges have put five Charleston residents in federal prison.

Corey Owens, 33, of Charleston, was sentenced by Judge Henry E. Autrey to serve 155 months on one felony count of distribution of cocaine base. On Sept. 24, 2002, Owens sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Charleston.

Owens is considered a "career criminal" under the U.S. sentencing guidelines. He was convicted May 22, 1995, and again on May 26, 1999, in Mississippi County for felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. He was on parole from the Missouri Department of Corrections at the time he committed the federal offense.

Brian Visor, 27, of Charleston was sentenced to 120 months in prison on one felony count of distribution of five or more grams of cocaine base. On May 1, 2002, he sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. This transaction occurred in Charleston.

Also sentenced to 120 months in prison was Ervin D. Boyce, 26, of Charleston. He was convicted of one felony count of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base. On Oct. 16, 2002, Boyce sold more than five grams of crack cocaine to an undercover officer for the Missouri Statree Highway Patrol in Charleston. He was convicted of the felony of possession of cocaine on Oct. 25, 1996, in the Circuit Court of Mississippi County.

Also from Charleston, Sammy Welch, 24, was sentenced to serve 100 months on one felony count of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base and one felony count of distribution of cocaine base. At two different times on May 23, 2003, Welch sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Charleston.

Santago Townsend, 21, of Charleston was sentenced to 37 months on two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base. He sold more than five grams of crack cocaine to an undercover officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol on July 29, 2002, and Aug. 7, 2002. Both transactions took place in Charleston.

A Pemiscot County resident was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday.

John Wayne Rodgers, 42, of Caruthersville, was sentenced to 70 months on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm, one count of exceeding the daily bag limit, one count of possession of migratory game birds in excess of the daily bag limit and one count of receiving untagged dove that were possessed and transported.

On Sept. 1, 2002, the opening day of dove season, federal and state wildlife agents observed a man shooting doves in a field in Pemiscot County. The agents contacted Rogers and determined that he was in possession of 90 doves. Rogers told the agents that four Arkansas men had shot their limit of 12 doves each and had given their doves to him. He had shot 15 doves, which was in excess of the daily bag limit.

The doves in Rogers' possession did not have the required tags listing the person who shot them. Agents determined that Rogers had committed the wildlife violations of exceeding his daily bag limit of migratory birds, possessing more than his limit of migratory birds and possession of untagged birds taken by others.

At the time of the contact, the agents saw Rogers shoot and possess a Remington Model 870 Express 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. Rogers was convicted of felony robbery in 1992 in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tenn.