A Fulton man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday on two separate cases for marijuana trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm.
30-year-old Corey Brewer was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole. He was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
Brewer pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute in November 2013.
He also pleaded guilty to a separate federal indictment that charges him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Brewer admitted he acquired marijuana on a trip to Kansas City in September 2010. After Brewer got to a Kansas City home, he placed a suitcase full of 50 pounds of marijuana inside a toolbox in a truck bed that was being driven by a cooperating source.
When the vehicle was stopped by police on I-70 in Boone County on the return trip, police took the suitcase.
They also found about 1 kilogram of cocaine that was underneath the seat of another defendant, Jason Holloway of Callaway County.
Holloway was sentenced to 5 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 5 kilos or more of cocaine from 2007 to September 2010.
He also pleaded guilty to 3 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 he was a felon in possession of firearms.
An employee at the Fulton Walmart called police who were at the store in September 2012 to report that Brewer bought more than 40 boxes of ammunition.
Officers interviewed Brewer and took a 9mm pistol, .45 caliber pistol, AR-15, 12 gauge shotgun, .380-caliber pistol, and ammunition from his home.
Brewer told officers that he normally carried the .45-caliber and 9mm handguns at his shop and had a vest that hid the weapons under 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.