SIKESTON -- Three area residents pled guilty to drug and firearm charges in the U.S. District Court on Monday.
Larry King, 51, of New Madrid, pled guilty to two felony counts of distribution of cocaine base in an appearance before United States District Judge Jean C. Hamilton.
On Jan. 7 and 8, King sold cocaine base to a cooperating individual in New Madrid. He now faces a maximum punishment for 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine on each count. Sentencing has been set for Nov. 26.
In a news release, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway praised the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, the New Madrid Police Department, the Morehouse Police Department, Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration for their efforts
. Dorian M. Jones, 30, of Steele, pled guilty to one felony count of possession of an unregistered firearm Monday, before United States District Judge E. Richard Webber.
According to the news released, around noon on June 20, 2006, the Bootheel Drug Task Force was conducting surveillance during an undercover narcotics operation in Steele. During the investigation, Jones arrived at his residence and left shortly afterwards carrying a blue bag. Jones placed the bag on the trunk of his car and opened it. At this time, agents notices he had taken a gun out of the bag and was walking toward the passenger side of the vehicle.
The gun was identified as a Taiyo-Juki brand, 12-gauge shotgun, with a barrel measuring 13 3/4 inches. The officers then revealed their identity, ordering Jones to drop the gun. He did so and was placed under arrest.
Jones faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and $10,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Nov. 26.
Tammy K. Abernathy, 45, of Bertrand, entered a guilty plea to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine. She appeared before U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton on Monday.
She will now face a maximum of 40 years of imprisonment and a $2 million find, or both, with the court imposing a period of supervised release of at least four years. Sentencing has been set for Nov. 26.
Within her plea, Abernathy admitted that on March 5, United States Postal Inspectors obtained a federal search warrant to seize an express mail package containing one ounce of methamphetamine addressed to her at her Bertrand resident. On March 8, Postal Inspectors made a controlled delivery of the methamphetamine to the defendant at the Cape Girardeau Post Office, where she was arrested.