Memphis, TN – Stephen Ray Cook, 40, of Trenton, TN, was sentenced on Friday, February 15, 2013, to 360 months in federal prison for his role in masterminding a drug distribution ring that operated across the eastern United States, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.
Cook was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 18, 2011 and charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, and one count of possession with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty to the marijuana conspiracy charge on January 12, 2012. The government agreed to dismiss the methamphetamine count.
It was revealed during his plea hearing and at sentencing that Cook recruited family members and acquaintances to assist him in trafficking marijuana from locations in Mexico to Memphis, Chicago, Atlanta and other cities.
In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr. ordered Cook to serve five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bolivar Police Department, and the West Tennessee Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Kitchen represented the government.