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Wyatt man is sentenced to five years

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Wyatt man was sentenced to five years in federal prison on drug charges.

Anthony M. Pettigrew, 23, was sentenced to 60 months on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base in U.S. District Court.

On March 6, 2006, a Charleston police officer attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The car sped off then came to an abrupt stop on Grand Street when the drive got out of the car and fled on foot. The man, later identified as Pettigrew, was apprehended after a short chase.

While he was being handcuffed, Pettigrew attempted to place his hand underneath a ramp of a house. Officers searched under the ramp and found a plastic bag containing 5.44 grams of a form of cocaine base known as crack cocaine.

Pettigrew later admitted possessing the crack cocaine with intent to distribute it.

Also sentenced in Federal Court was Rodrigo Moreno, 34, of Rio Bravo, Tamulipas, Mexico, to 151 months in prison on two felony counts of distribution of methamphetamine and one felony count of unlawfully entering the U.S. Upon release from prison, Moreno will be placed on supervised release for eight years.

With his plea, Moreno admitted he distributed approximately one ounce of methamphetamine on two separate occasions, receiving $1,400 for each ounce. The drug transactions occurred in Dunklin and Pemiscot counties between 2005-06.

At the time of his arrest, he was identified as Jose Rodriguez-Rodriguez who was deported on July 18, 2003.