- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison after authorities found crack cocaine hidden in an oven mitt.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (https://sgfnow.co/1E3neJE ) 37-year-old Ulysses Johnson was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years and six months in prison without the possibility of parole. He pleaded guilty in April to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to possessing crack with the intent to distribute.

A federal prosecutor says an undercover Springfield police officer purchased crack from Johnson three times between December 2011 and January 2012. Officers found a 22-caliber revolver when they searched his house.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com


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