2 plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base

(KFVS) - Two men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base.

David Lee Harley, 33, and Lamar Anthony White, 47, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base on May 21.

White also pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, in a separate case.

Harley and White pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base from June 16, 2010 through May 3, 2011, in Dunklin County, Missouri, and elsewhere.

During the conspiracy, Harley obtained more than eight ounces of powder cocaine and over 12 ounces of cocaine base from David Parker, which Harley distributed to others in southeast Missouri, including Butler County, according to United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Missouri.

Harley converted over half of the eight ounces of powder cocaine he obtained from Parker into cocaine base before distributing it. During the conspiracy, White obtained cocaine base from co-defendant Randy Caruthers at least four different times, and then delivered in excess of 26 ounces of cocaine base to Parker in Kennett, Missouri.

Parker then distributed the cocaine base to others in southeast Missouri.

On the separate charge against White, on June 2, 2011, police officers conducted a traffic stop of a van driven by White in Kennett. During the traffic stop Kennett officers discovered eight individually wrapped kilograms of cocaine in a bag located in White's vehicle.

The maximum punishment for Harley is life imprisonment and a $20 million fine. As a prior felony drug offender, Harley is also subject to a 20 year mandatory minimum sentence. The maximum punishment for White is life imprisonment and a $10 million fine. White is also subject to a ten year mandatory minimum sentence.

Sentencing has been set for August 30, 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, Missouri, and the Second Judicial Drug Task Forces for the Blytheville and Jonesboro, Arkansas, police departments, and the Mississippi County, Arkansas Sheriff's Department. Assistant United States Attorney Paul W. Hahn is handling the prosecution for the Government.

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