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Local men plead guilty

Thursday, September 15, 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two Southeast Missouri men entered guilty pleas on drug charges in federal court.

Adrian L. Lewis, 25, of Charleston pled guilty to one felony count of distribution of cocaine base and one felony count of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base. He appeared before United States District Judge Charles A. Shaw.

With the plea, Lewis admitted that on July 10, 2002, and Dec. 16, 2002, he sold a total of 9.2 grams of "crack" cocaine to a Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force officer.

Lewis now faces a maximum punishment on count one of 20 years imprisonment and a $1,00,000 fine. He faces a maximum punishment on count two of 40 years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Nov. 21.

Joe Lenzie Turner, a Scott County resident, entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of distribution of cocaine base. He appeared before U.S. district Judge Charles A. Shaw on Tuesday.

Turner now faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine, followed by a period of supervised release of at least four years. Sentencing is set for Nov. 22, in Cape Girardeau.

With his plea, Turner admitted that on May 20, 2005, he distributed a substance containing base (also referred to as "crack") to a confidential informant. Specifically, Turner gave the informant 5.4 grams of cocaine base in exchange for $300. The sale occurred at a location on County Road 427 in Scott County.

United States Attorney, Catherine L. Hanaway commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety for their combined efforts to prosecute the case.