News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2006

Jefferson City Man Sentenced For Cocaine, Illegal Firearm

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI: Preston L. Grubbs, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division Office, and Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City man was sentenced in federal court today for being in possession of crack cocaine and a firearm.

Charles Allen Roark, 27, was sentenced by United States District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to 12 years and 11 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Roark to forfeit to the government $3,247 derived from the proceeds of drug trafficking.

On March 6, 2006, Roark pleaded guilty to distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Roark admitted that he sold 24 grams of crack cocaine for $800 to a confidential informant working with federal law enforcement agents on November 23, 2004.

Roark also admitted that he was in possession of a loaded Imez .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol on June 7, 2005. Jefferson City police officers discovered the firearm under the front passenger seat after they stopped Roark’s vehicle while responding to a report of a man brandishing a gun. A juvenile passenger in the vehicle told officers that Roark handed the pistol and a bag of cocaine to him/her to conceal. The juvenile concealed the bag of cocaine under his/her clothes, but the pistol was too large. Under federal law, Schlozman explained, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Roark has a 1996 criminal felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance and a 2000 criminal felony conviction for assault and unlawful use of a weapon, both in Cole County.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Jefferson City, Missouri Police Department.

Requests for additional information should be directed to Assistant Special Agent in Charge Donald W. Mendrala at 913-825-4100.