CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Sikeston man pled guilty to a felony drug charge Monday before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw.
Michael Winfield, 41, of Sikeston entered a plea of guilt to one felony count of distribution of cocaine base. Winfield now faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment and a $2 million fine, followed by a a period of supervised release of at least four years. Sentencing has been set for Nov. 21 in Cape Girardeau.
With his plea, Winfield admitted that on or about Sept. 28, 2004, he distributed a substance containing cocaine base, or "crack," to a confidential informant (CI). Specifically Winfield gave the CI 13 grams of cocaine base in exchange for $500. Winfield weighed the cocaine base on a set of scales provided by the CI.
United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Scott County Sheriff's Department and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety for their combined efforts to prosecute this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abbie Crites-Leoni handled the prosecution for the government.