CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two Scott County men were among four entering guilty pleas on drug-related charges in federal court.
Jimmy A. Jordan, 33, entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Wednesday. Jordan now faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine or both with the court imposing a period of supervised release of four years. Sentencing is set for Sept. 25.
The case stems from an incident which began at 11 a.m. July 15, 2005, when Jordan was observed by a SEMO Drug Task Force officer driving east on Highway 114 near Sikeston. The officer knew Jordan was wanted on an outstanding warrant and called in other officers as a short vehicle chase began.
Jordan stopped his vehicle and fled on foot, hiding under a house trailer. Officers located Jordan and also found under the trailer $2,262 divided into $100 folds and a ring with two keys. One of the keys unlocked a lock box which was located along the route of Jordan's flight; the box contained methamphetamine packaged in several small plastic bags and a leather wrist band stamped "Jimmy."
Also appearing in U.S. Eastern District Court were:
Jason A. Compas, 27, of Scott County pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and now faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine or both, with the Court imposing a period of supervised release of at least three years.
With his plea, Compas admitted that beginning around May 1, 2005, he had entered into an agreement with another person to assist them in obtaining methamphetamine for distribution in Southeast Missouri. On at least three occasions between May 1 and Sept. 14, 2005, Compas drove the other person to Arkansas to meet with a third person who was supplying them with methamphetamine for distribution.
In exchange for Compas' help in driving, he received small amounts of methamphetamine and was allowed to purchase small amounts for his own use. He told officers that he had on occasion he sold personal use amounts of methamphetamine to others.
Sentencing for Compas is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 25 in Cape Girardeau.
Jerry Boone Jr., 28, of Pemiscot County pled guilty to one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine. He now faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine, or both, with the court imposing a period of supervised release of at least four years.
With his plea, Boone admitted that on Nov. 2, 2005, officers of the Bootheel Drug Task Force received information that he had an active methamphetamine lab in a shed near Steele, in rural Pemiscot County. After being told that officers were going to secure the premises in order to apply for a search warrant, Boone showed officers jars, chemicals and various other methamphetamine laboratory components on the property and indicated that the jars contained methamphetamine.
Sentencing for Boone will be Sept. 25.
William Joseph Short, 42, of Marion, Ill., entered a pleas of guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He now faces a maximum of life imprisonment and a $4,000,000 fine, or both, with the court imposing a period of supervised release of at least five years.
With his plea, Short admitted that on Nov. 26, 2005, he was stopped for a traffic violation on I-55 in 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 "zip lock" bags and a set of digital scales.
Sentencing for Short is also set for Sept. 25 in Cape Girardeau.