CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Sikeston man was sentenced to prison on felony drug charges Tuesday.
Derrick Atterberry, 21, of Sikeston, was sentenced to 37 months on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Upon release from prison, he will be placed on supervised release for a period of four years.
Previously with his plea, Atterberry admitted that on or about Sept. 23, 2004, he was arrested in Sikeston. Following his arrest he attempted to discard a plastic bag containing nine small baggies of cocaine base (also referred to as "crack" cocaine). A more thorough search of Atterberry's person revealed an additional bag containing 20 small baggies of cocaine base. The substance in the 29 baggies was analyzed and found to contain 7.24 grams cocaine base. Atterberry admitted that he possessed them with intent to distribute.
Assistant United States Attorney Abbie Crites-Leoni handled the prosecution for the Government.
Donald Smith, 35, of Scott County, was also sentenced to 37 months in prison on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Upon release from prison, he will be placed on supervised release for a period of three years.
Previously with his plea, Smith admitted that on March 31, 2005, he was stopped by a Missouri State Highway Patrolman and found to be in possession of 8.2 grams of methamphetamine. Smith later told an agent with the SEMO Drug Task Force that he had recently purchased one half ounce of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute some of it.
Special Assistant United States Attorney Tim J. Willis handled the prosecution for the Government.
Both men appeared before United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey. United States Attorney Catherine Hanaway commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the SEMO Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety for their efforts to prosecute these cases.