A federal judge has sentenced a local man to seven years in prison on drug and weapons charges.
On Oct. 2, United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey sentenced Jason Shook, 42, of Hawk Point after Shook previously plead guilty to two counts of methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute, and one count of firearm possession by a convicted felon.
Court documents revealed that, on Feb. 25 of last year, Shook was arrested by St. Peters police officers. During the arrest, four handguns and methamphetamine was recovered from his vehicle.
Shook admitted that he had obtained the weapons and illegal drugs from an individual who went by the name “Bear” a few days earlier. Shook went on to say he intended to sell the drugs, and that he had been dealing regularly for “Bear” for approximately six months.
Just over six weeks later, Shook was apprehended again by St. Peters police officers – and for the second time – a large amount of methamphetamine for distribution was found in his car.
According to Leslie Knight, communications director for the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office, the St. Charles County’s Drug Task Force referred the investigation to the United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Missouri.
Knight also said, at the time of his arrests on all charges, Shook was a target of several investigations by the Drug Task Force, and is still facing local charges, despite his federal guilty plea.
“Shook has two pending drug trafficking cases with this office, both of which are currently in warrant status due to his failure to appear in court,” Knight said. “Those remain pending.”
The federal gun charges stem from the fact Shook has a previous felony conviction.
Neither the U.S. Attorney’s Office nor the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office could speak on whether or not other arrests or prosecutions have resulted from Shook’s arrest or his guilty plea. However, Knight said Shook’s conviction is an example of how the combined efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies can get dangerous career criminals out of communities.
“Drug trafficking is one of the more violent criminal enterprises in our community, and for the safety of our community, drug traffickers, especially those with weapons, need to be taken off the streets,” she said.