CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Three area men entered guilty pleas on drug-related charges and now await sentencing.
Barry D. Brown Jr., 25, of Portageville entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base.
Brown now faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment and a $2 million fine, followed by a period of supervised release of four years. Sentencing is set for Feb. 18 in Cape Girardeau.
With his plea, Brown admitted that on or about July 18, 2007, he distributed a substance containing cocaine base (also referred to as "crack") to a confidential informant.
On that day, the informant paid Brown $300 for one quarter ounce of cocaine base, while in a residence in Portageville.
Michael D. Owens, 25, of Charleston entered a guilty plea to one felony count of possessing cocaine base with the intent to distribute.
Owens now faces a maximum of 30 years in federal prison and a $250,000
fine, followed by a period of supervised release of six years. Sentencing is set for Feb. 18.
With his plea, Owens admitted that on or about Oct. 28, 2007, he was driving a car
with expired license plates. A Charleston police officer saw the expired plates and stopped the car on South Sixth Street in Charleston.
Before Owens stopped the car, he threw plastic bags containing controlled substances out the window. Law enforcement officers found the controlled substances, which included a package containing 4.7 grams of crack cocaine. The crack cocaine was packaged in 41 individually wrapped bags. Owens admitted that he had acquired the drugs for distribution.
Entering a plea of guilty on one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine was Herbert Lee Krauss, 39, of East Prairie.
Krauss now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or both, with the court imposing a period of supervised release of at least four years. Sentencing is set for Feb. 17.
With his plea, Krauss admitted that on May 27, agents from the DEA and SEMO Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at his rural residence. During the search, a small amount of methamphetamine and items associated with the manufacture of meth were found.
All three appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw on Monday in Cape Girardeau.