Kennett man pleads guilty to drug trafficking

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - A Kennett man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.

David A. Parker, 37, faced one felony count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base, and two felony counts of distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base. He pleaded guilty to all charges when he went before district judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.

Parker pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine from June 16, 2010 through May 3, 2011 in Dunklin County, Missouri and elsewhere. During the conspiracy, Parker bought more than 70 ounces of powder cocaine and 43 ounces of cocaine base from Randy Earl Caruthers, a co-defendant. Parker then distributed to other co-defendants.

On August 20, 2010, an undercover officer bought 49.95 grams of crack cocaine, known as cocaine base, from Parker in Kennett for $2250. On December 29, 2010, an undercover officer again purchased 51.86 grams of crack cocaine from Parker for $2100.

Parker now faces a maximum sentencing of life imprisonment and $20 million in fines for the conspiracy, and a maximum of 40 years and an $8 million fine for each of the counts of distribution. Sentencing has been set for October 15, 2012.

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