CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Two area women were sentenced on federal drug charges Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney James G. Martin.
Danna Rains, 32, of Sikeston, was sentenced to 78 months on one felony county of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. With her previous plea of guilty, Rains admitted that between September 2003 and Dec. 11, 2003, she, along with co-defendent, Walter Lynn Ellington, and others distributed methamphetamine. Ellington received methamphetamine from an unidentified source on several occasions during the same time period. Once the methamphetamine was received, Ellington provided Rains with some of the methamphetamine. Rains distributed the methamphetamine to other individuals.
On Dec. 11, 2003, a search was conducted at the Ellington/Rains' residence on Route E in Sikeston. When officers arrived, Ellington was hiding in the attic, where he had placed a security box. Ellington came down from the attic and a later search revealed the box contained more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and other items.
Ellington was sentence to 135 months of imprisonment on Sept. 24, 2004.
Also on Wednesday, Toni Janea Myers, 29, of Steele was sentenced to 41 months on one felony count of maintaining a place for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Myers previously entered a plea of guilt that on Jan. 5, 2004, a search warrant was executed at her property and revealed the discovery of numerous items required in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The items were left behind from a methamphetamine cook that took place at Myers' residence on Jan. 4, 2004. Two other individuals actually manufactured the methamphetamine and produced the homemade anhydrous ammonia. Myers' allowed the methamphetamine to be manufactured at her residence in Steele, in exchange for methamphetamine.
Both Rains and Myers appeared before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. Upon release from imprisonment, both women will be placed on a supervised release period of two years.
Martin commended the Bootheel Drug Task Force, SEMO Drug Task Force, Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their efforts in the cases. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abbie Crites-Leoni handled the prosecution for both cases.