CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Mississippi County man pled guilty Monday to felony drug charges in federal court.
Mark Allen Lee, 43, of Charleston, entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. He now faces a maximum of life imprisonment and a $4 million fine with the court imposing a period of supervised release of at least eight years. Sentencing has been set for Aug. 15 in Cape Girardeau.
With his plea, Lee admitted that on Dec. 16, 2004, he was stopped by a Mississippi County Sheriff's deputy for traffic violations in East Prairie. Inside the truck were Lee and two female passengers. Lee was asked and gave consent for the officers to search the vehicle.
As the two passengers were getting out of the vehicle, officers observed a medicine bottle containing methamphetamine lying on the ground near one of the female passengers. A search was conducted of the vehicle, which disclosed a set of digital scales and various items of drug paraphernalia. The contents of the bottle was later confirmed at the DEA Lab as containing 20.4 grams of 100 percent pure methamphetamine.
Lee later told officers that he had taken the methamphetamine to a residence in East Prairie to "do a little partying" and that while there he had provided methamphetamine to three other individuals. Lee also indicated that when stopped he had given the methamphetamine to one of the female passengers who had offered to conceal it, but that the drug fell out of her pants when she got out of the vehicle.