CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Mississippi County man was sentenced to prison on felony drug charges in U.S. District Court.
Kenneth W. Marcum, 45, of East Prairie was sentenced to 37 months in prison on one felony count of manufacture of methamphetamine. Upon release from prison. Marcum will be placed on supervised release for a period of four years.
Previously with his plea, Marcum admitted that on Oct. 10, 2006, officers from the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department went to his residence to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Officers found him behind a shed on the property, which was omitting an odor which they recognized to be associated with the production of methamphetamine.
When officers searched the property, they located a number of items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Also Monday, Kenneth D. Grady, 37, of Hayti, pled guilty to one felony count of distribution of methamphetamine. Grady now faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine, or both, with the court imposing a period of supervised release of at least four years. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24 in Cape Girardeau.
With his plea, Grady admitted that on Dec. 28, 2006, Bootheel Drug Task Force agents observed him leave his residence in Hayti and travel to a residence in Caruthersville. Agents and a confidential informant were were waiting to meet with him. Grady indicated to the informant that he would obtain the drugs from his supplier and would return with them.
Later that day, Grady returned and gave the informant a bag containing methamphetamine. Immediately after he left, the agents recovered the methamphetamine from the informant.
Forensic testing of the methamphetamine disclosed that the substance seized was approximately one ounce of a mixture or substance containing 12.4 grams of actual methamphetamine.