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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney

Contact: Karen Rhew–Miller, Assistant U.S. Attorney
(850) 942-8430

Five–Time Convicted Felon Sentenced on Drug and Firearms Charges

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA — Yesterday Dennis Calvin Bush, 32, of Panama City, was sentenced to 360 months in federal prison for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to commit that offense, possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm while a convicted felon.

Bush was originally indicted with his girlfriend and co–defendant, Kendra Janel Stadmire, 38. On February 2, 2012, Stadmire pled guilty to conspiring to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, and was eventually sentenced to 13 months’ imprisonment. On February 7, 2012, following a two–day jury trial, Bush was found guilty on all four counts of the indictment.

At trial, the government’s evidence proved that in early 2011, Stadmire and Bush were distributing cocaine out of their home in Panama City. On May 10, 2011, during the execution of a search warrant at the house, law enforcement apprehended Bush while he was attempting to flush bags of cocaine down the toilet. Other items found during the search included more narcotics, money, two firearms, digital scales, jeweler=s bags, and items used in the manufacture of crack cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, whose joint investigation led to the convictions in this case.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Risinger.