Two men pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in Southeast Mo. | News
(KFVS) - Two men pleaded guilty Monday to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base.
Randy Earl Caruthers, 39, and Hinton Gilmer, Jr., 61, pleaded guilty. Caruthers also pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, in a separate case. Both appeared Monday before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.
Caruthers and Gilmer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base from June 16, 2010 through May 3, 2011, in Dunklin County and elsewhere. During the incident, Caruthers supplied over 70 ounces of powder cocaine and 43 ounces of cocaine base to David Parker, which was distributed to Gilmer and others in Southeast Missouri. During the conspiracy, Gilmer distributed over 14 ounces of cocaine base to others in the Southeast Missouri area.
Caruthers also admitted that from May 23, 2011 through June 2, 2011, in a separate conspiracy, he conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine in Dunklin County and elsewhere. Caruthers admitted that during the conspiracy, he got several kilograms of cocaine which he stored at a Kennett, Mo. home and then delivered 8 kilograms of the cocaine to three co-defendants. On June 2, 2011, Caruthers sent $412,900 in cash to his supplier in Arkansas, but the shipment was intercepted by authorities in Osceola, Ark.
Later that evening, police officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle operated by co-defendant Lamar Anthony White in Kennett, Mo. During the traffic stop, Kennet officers discovered eight individually wrapped kilograms of cocaine. On May 12, 2012, White appeared before Judge Limbaugh and pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base, and to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, in a separate case. White is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug.20, 2012.
The maximum punishment for Caruthers is life imprisonment and a $20 million fine. The maximum punishment for Gilmer is life in prison and a $10 million fine. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 24, 2012.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Bootheel Drug Task Force, the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the police departments for Kennett and Poplar Bluff, Mo., and the Second Judicial Drug Task Forces for the Blytheville and Jonesboro, Ark., police departments, and the Mississippi County, Arkansas Sheriff's Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Hahn is handling the prosecution for the government.
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