Cocaine bust leads to long prison sentence for Missouri man

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Missouri man was sentenced recently to 10 years in prison by a United States District Court. According to the United States attorney who prosecuted the case, the drug offenses he faced included possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

The man’s arrest and recent sentencing was the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The man admitted that he bought more than nine kilograms of the drug from two other men. These purchases happened between 2008 and 2010. After obtaining the drugs, he admitted that his intent was to sell them in Madison County.

Cases involving these types of accusations and convictions are often made very public in the surrounding areas. The consequences can be very severe and mean a lifelong impact on those accused or convicted.

In addition, the consequences of violating the federal criminal law can be serious. This man was sentenced to 10 years in prison as well as five years of probation and $400 in fines.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, because this man had more than five kilograms of cocaine, he is subject to serious consequences. However, the sentence on which the court decides depends on the prior criminal history of the person in question.

A first offense for this type of crime requires at least 10 years imprisonment and a second offense requires 20 years. Two or more prior offenses can mean up to life imprisonment.

Source: Belleville News Democrat, “Granite City cocaine dealer sentenced to 10 years,” May 2, 2012