A Fulton man was sentenced in federal court today on two separate cases for marijuana trafficking and for illegally possessing a firearm, a press release from United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri states.
Corey J. Brewer, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Brewer was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
On Nov. 25, 2013, Brewer pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. Brewer also pleaded guilty to a separate federal indictment that charges him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Brewer admitted that he acquired marijuana on a trip to Kansas City in September 2010. After Brewer arrived at a Kansas City residence, he placed a black suitcase, which contained about 50 pounds of marijuana, inside a toolbox in the bed of a truck that was being driven by a cooperating source. When the vehicle was stopped during the return trip at an exit on Interstate 70 in Boone County law enforcement officers seized the suitcase. They also seized about one kilogram of cocaine that was discovered underneath the seat of another defendant, Jason R. Holloway of Callaway County.
Holloway was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty in a separate but related case to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and five kilograms or more of cocaine from 2007 to September 2010.
Holloway also pleaded guilty to three additional counts of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, distributing marijuana and possessing marijuana and cocaine with the intent to distribute.
By pleading guilty to the second federal indictment, Brewer admitted that he was a felon in possession of firearms.
A Fulton Wal-Mart employee contacted two police officers who were at the store in September 2012 to report that Brewer had just purchased more than 40 boxes of ammunition. Police officers interviewed Brewer and seized from his residence a Kel Tec 9 mm pistol, a Rock Island .45-caliber pistol, a DPMS AR-15, a Maverick Arms 12-gauge shotgun, a Taurus .380-caliber pistol and ammunition. Brewer told officers that he normally carried the .45-caliber and 9 mm handguns at his shop and that he had a vest that concealed the pistols underneath his arms.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearms or ammunition. Brewer has six prior felony convictions for burglary, three prior felony convictions for stealing, a prior felony conviction for property damage, two prior felony convictions for stealing a motor vehicle and a prior felony conviction for nonsupport.
These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren E. Kummerer. They were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives, and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force.