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Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Two Columbia, Missouri Men Sentenced for Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy

APR 30 - (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Columbia, Mo., men were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a drug–trafficking conspiracy.

Arthur Lee Rainey, Jr., 25, and Thomas Cortez Stevens, 25, both of Columbia, were each sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole in separate appearances this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey. The court also ordered Rainey and Stevens to forfeit to the government $33,732 that was seized by law enforcement officers at the time of their arrest.

Both Rainey and Stevens pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine in Boone County, Mo.

On April 2, 2008, officers searched the residence shared by Rainey and Stevens. Officers discovered marijuana, 1,763 tablets of ecstasy, 664 grams of cocaine, 176 grams of crack cocaine, $33,779, a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, pistol, rifle and ammunition.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.