Rodney L. McFarland, 33, of Kennett, pled guilty today to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, and one felony count of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. He appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.
On November 15, 2011, Caruthersville police officers searched a residence known as 104 Midtown Apartments in Caruthersville, Missouri. During the search, officers found a .40 caliber pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition and a bag containing seven grams of cocaine base, or "crack" cocaine, hidden in the attic. McFarland admitted that the pistol and the cocaine were his, that he intended to sell the cocaine, and that he was using the handgun to protect himself and his drugs.
McFarland now faces a maximum punishment of 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine for possession of the cocaine base. He also faces a consecutive sentence of not less than five years and not more than life imprisonment for possession of the firearm. Sentencing has been set for April 8, 2013.