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Two Hannibal men sentenced in open-air drug market case

Two Hannibal men sentenced in open-air drug market case

3 months ago by Scott Hardy

Tyrone Williams sentenced Wednesday to just over 10 years in Federal prison

Two Hannibal men, including one who's admitted to helping smuggle crack cocaine from Texas to Hannibal then selling it in an open-air market, have been sentenced to Federal prison.

Tyrone Williams was in US District Court in St. Louis Wednesday, where he was sentenced to 121 months, or just over 10 years, in prison. He pleaded Guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine as part of a settlement with prosecutors. Williams had faced 13 counts, including eight counts of cocaine distribution. Another defendant, Justin Woodson of St. Louis, pleaded Guilty in late December to a drug conspiracy count. He was sentenced in March to 10 years in Federal prison. Two other men involved in the operation, Terry Williams of St. Louis and Harold Williams of Hannibal, were also sentenced Wednesday. Terry Williams received a five-year sentence while Harold Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison. They were described as street-level distributors for Woodson and Tyrone Williams, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis. Both Woodson and Tyrone Williams admitted smuggling cocaine from Texas to St. Louis, then hiring couriers to deliver the drug to Hannibal. The drug would then be converted to crack cocaine, and allegedly sold in an open-air drug market at a home in the 2000 block of Gordon Street.

In all, 13 people were indicted on Federal charges in February 2017. They've all entered Guilty pleas.

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