CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Sikeston man faces the possibility of life in prison after entering a plea to federal gun and drug charges.
Nicholas Davis, 27, entered a plea of guilty before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel to two felony counts of possession of five grams or more of cocaine base, one felony count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one felony count of felon in possession of a firearm and one felony count of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
On Feb. 5, a law enforcement officer stopped a vehicle driven by Davis for a traffic violation in Butler County. A subsequent search revealed a plastic baggie containing 4.92 grams of cocaine base that fell from his pocket and 443.4 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Davis admitted with his plea that he was in possession of the cocaine base and marijuana for distribution to other persons.
On April 2, a Sikeston police officer stopped Davis for a traffic violation and found a loaded .40 caliber pistol under the driver's seat.
On April 21, a state search warrant was served at Davis's residence on Branum Street in Sikeston. The officers found and seized a Lorcin, .25 caliber pistol and 52 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition that matched the ammunition found in the pistol in Davis's car on April 2. The officers also found other ammunition in the house as well as more than five grams of crack cocaine. Davis admitted that he was in possession of the pistol, the ammunition and the cocaine base on April 21 and that he intended to distribute the cocaine to other persons.
Due to Davis's prior felony conviction, he is prohibited by law from possessing firearms. He now faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000 fine on each of the two counts of possession of cocaine base, 10 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine for possession of the marijuana; and 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each of the two counts of possession of firearms and ammunition. Sentencing is set for Dec. 18.
An Illinois man was sentenced to prison on a federal drug charge Wednesday.
William Joseph Short, 42, of Marion was sentenced to 121 months in prison on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Upon release from prison, Short will be placed on supervised release for a period of five years.
Previously with his plea, Short admitted that on Nov. 26, 2005, he was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 55 in rural New Madrid County after passing a northbound Missouri State Highway Patrol car.
The trooper received consent from Short to search the vehicle and located eight ounces of "ice" methamphetamine, 400 small plastic bags and set of digital scales.