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Two sentenced on drug charges

Thursday, May 11, 2006

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two Southeast Missouri men were sentenced on drug charges Wednesday in a court appearance before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.

Demarco Partee, 30, of Portageville, was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment on one felony count of distribution of cocaine base. Upon release from prison, he will be placed on supervised release for a period of four years.

Previously with his plea, Partee admitted that on or about May 2, 2005, he distributed a substance containing cocaine base (also referred to as "crack") to an undercover officer. Specifically, Partee gave the officer 5.7 grams of cocaine base in exchange for $300, after weighing it on set of scales in the officer's presence. He then accepted payment from the officer.

Dramel Lamar Jones, 20, of Wilson City, was sentenced to 100 months on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base.

On Nov. 30, 2005, Poplar Bluff police officers were conducting an investigation into the distribution of cocaine base in the Poplar Bluff area. The officers developed information that an individual driving a silver colored Cadillac was parked at a Hardee's restaurant was selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant. The officers went to the restaurant, detained Jones and searched his coat which revealed 36.75 grams of cocaine base.

Jones was interviewed by officers and admitted possession of the cocaine base and that he paid $1,000 for it and also admitted that he intended to distribute it to others.

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two area men were sentenced to prison Wednesday for transporting child pornography.

Christopher L. Johnson, 27, of Portageville and Kelly R. Wilson, 45, of Steele, previously entered guilty pleas to felony transportation and possession of child pornography. Johnson was sentenced to 151 months imprisonment, while Wilson was sentenced to 63 months in prison before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry. Each will serve a term of 10 years supervised release upon release from prison.

Previously with his guilty plea, Johnson admitted that on Jan. 21, 2005, he transported two video files of child pornography to an undercover FBI agent in Buffalo, NY. Johnson used his home computer to transport images by video files of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts with adults. Later on May 18, 2005, a federal search warrant was executed at Johnson's residence in Portageville. FBI agents seized Johnson's computer. Analysis revealed that Johnson possessed more than 700 images of child pornography and at least 40 video files of child pornography.

In regard to Wilson's guilty plea, he admitted that on Feb. 20, 2004, he transported two images of child pornography using his home computer. On June 16, 2004, a federal search warrant was executed at Wilson's residence in Steele. FBI agents seized Wilson's computer, as well as compact discs containing child pornography. Analysis revealed that Wilson possessed at least 100 images of child pornography.