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Three Sikeston men get life in prison for cocaine convictions

Friday, July 12, 2013

Three Sikeston, Mo., men previously found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to possess more than 5 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute and multiple other distribution charges were sentenced to life in prison Thursday by United States District Judge John A. Ross in Cape Girardeau.

According to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office, evidence presented at trial showed that since the fall of 2009, cousins Corey E. Turner, 37, Antonio Turner, 41, and Donald R. Turner Jr., 37, pooled their money to purchase large quantities of cocaine from suppliers in Missouri and Blytheville, Ark., then split the cocaine among themselves, cooked the powder cocaine into crack cocaine and sold it on the streets.

The three men all were sentenced to life in prison for the conspiracy charge and 360 months on the individual distribution and aiding and abetting the distribution of controlled substance charges, the news release said. An additional 14 co-conspirators entered guilty pleas for their roles in the conspiracy and also were charged.

The news release said the 17 convictions in the case were the result of a long-term investigation by multiple organizations, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI and Bootheel Drug Task Force.

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Sikeston, MO

Blytheville, AR


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So now taxpayers will spend a couple million keeping these 3 locked up. Plus a few million more for the other 14 guys and for all the long-term investigation and court costs.

What did we gain for all that? Maybe ~2 weeks of slightly more expensive crack on the streets until other distributors could fully take advantage of their expanded business opportunities. Every time we bust & punish a drug dealer we are simultaneously rewarding their rival drug dealers by increasing their profits margins and market share.

-- Posted by Nil on Fri, Jul 12, 2013, at 2:00 AM

Nil,

So, what is your answer. You left us hanging.

-- Posted by arrestthem on Fri, Jul 12, 2013, at 6:21 AM

Life in prison while child molesters get set free to victimize children again and again and Clay Waller gets 20 years for murder. Our system is messed up!

-- Posted by MINT4U on Fri, Jul 12, 2013, at 7:43 AM

Crack cocaine kills people. People kill other people over crack cocaine. It's a deadly drug.

-- Posted by sunnythebunny on Fri, Jul 12, 2013, at 8:44 AM

I see Nil's point but I too would like to see what his answer is to this problem. How do you punish drug dealers? Or do we just throw up our hands and legalize drugs (and tax them of course if possible)?

-- Posted by ssnkemp on Sat, Jul 13, 2013, at 5:35 AM


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