ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man has been sentenced to prison for drug possession.

A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced 36-year-old John Pickens, Jr. to just over 11 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Pickens, Jr. was convicted by a federal jury in June on one count of possession with intent to sell cocaine.

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According to court documents, St. Paul Police attempted to stop Pickens, Jr. who eventually led police on a several mile chase.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle on the Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul and arrested him.

Court records show a search of Pickens, Jr's vehicle found six packages of cocaine weighing a total of six kilograms.


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