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Jefferson County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Dutch angle view looking up at the empty cells in a multi-tiered prison

(St. Louis) U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. sentenced a Jefferson County man to federal prison this week on federal drug charges.

42-year-old Keith Estep was given 120 months or ten years in prison.

The House Springs man had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

A news release from the U.S. attorney says investigators discovered in 2018 and 2019, methamphetamine distributors operating in and around Jefferson County, including Estep and several of his co-defendants.

They were traveling to St. Louis to obtain large quantities of crystal meth for redistribution in Jefferson County and elsewhere.

On October 20th of 2019, investigators executed a federal search warrant at Estep’s residence in House Springs.

Investigators recovered more than a half-kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a loaded Ruger .380 pistol.

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