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Sikeston man will spend 9 years in prison

Thursday, July 12, 2007

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Scott County man was sentenced to prison on felony drug charges.

Brian Wayne Burns, 40, of Sikeston was sentenced to 110 months in prison on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in a court appearance before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autry. Upon release from prison, Burns will be placed on supervised release for a period of four years.

Previously with his plea, Burns admitted that on May 17 and 19, 2006, a confidential informant for the SEMO Drug Task Force purchased methamphetamine from him at his residence in Sikeston.

Based upon those buys, a state search warrant for Burns' residence was obtained and executed on May 19 by officers of the SEMO Drug Task Force, Sikeston DPS and Scott County Sheriff's Department. Located within the residence was approximately 23 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, plastic bags, digital scales and various items of drug paraphernalia.

Also located was a loaded .44 caliber black powder revolver, approximately $1,000 in currency and the $300 previously recorded used to purchase the methamphetamine from Burns on May 19.

Burns admitted to officers that the items were his and that he had been selling and using some of the methamphetamine.