CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The last man in a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy was sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Ross at the Rush H. Hudson Limbaugh Sr. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau.
According to Ross, 16 other individuals were previously sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy.
Dwayne Woods, 50, or Caruthersville, Mo. was sentenced to over 17 years imprisonment for conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Upon completion of that sentence, he will be placed on supervised release for a period of five years.
The evidence in the case showed that beginning in the fall of 2009, several members of the Turner family, including Joe Lenzie Turner, Corey E. Turner, Sr., and others, entered into an agreement to buy large quantities of cocaine from different suppliers found in Missouri and Arkansas. Dwayne Woods was one of the suppliers. Upon receipt of the cocaine, various members of the conspiracy divided the cocaine, cooked the powder cocaine into crack cocaine and sold it on the streets.
The following is a list of 16 co-conspirators who were previously sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy, along with each person's sentence of imprisonment:
- Corey E. Turner, Sr. of Sikeston, Mo. - Life imprisonment
- Antonio Turner of Sikeston - Life imprisonment
- Donald R. Turner, Jr. of Sikeston - Life imprisonment
- Joe Lenzie Turner of Sikeston - Sentenced to 20 years
- Derrick L. Turner of Sikeston - Sentenced to 16 years
- Cemond Brooks of Blytheville, Ark. - Sentenced to a little over 11 years
- Mario Baker of Sikeston - Sentenced to 15 years
- Roderick Marks of Sikeston - Sentenced to a little over 11 years
- Elgin Mills of Sikeston - Sentenced to 11 years
- Corey Weatherspoon of Blytheville, Ark. - Sentenced to 10 years
- David Turner of Sikeston - Sentenced to 10 years
- Corey E. Turner, Jr. of Sikeston - Sentenced to 10 years
- Dawnika Hunt of Caruthersville - Sentenced to 6 years
- Shelby "Kay" White of Sikeston - Sentenced to 5 years
- Jerriereneika Dorsey of Sikeston - Sentenced to 4 and a half years
- Anthony Wilder of Sikeston - Sentenced to 5 years
According to Ross, the 17 convictions in this case are the result of a complex and long-term investigation. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway State Patrol, the Bootheel Drug Task Force, the Second Judicial Drug Task Force of Mississippi County, Arkansas and the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Assistant United States Attorney Abbie Crites-Leoni handled the presecution for the U.S. Attorney's Office.