Feds, St. Louis Police Bust Drug-Trafficking Ring in Penrose Neighborhood, 19 Indicted
The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis yesterday announced the indictment of nineteen people charged on drugs, weapons and money laundering counts.
According to authorities, the accused were part of a drug-dealing enterprise operating out of the Penrose Neighborhood in north St. Louis that funneled hundreds of kilos of marijuana and crack cocaine into the region.
The group had been under DEA and St. Louis police surveillance since the summer of 2009. Those indicted were:
Eric Reedus, 38, Milan Street, St. Louis, MO;
Maurice Williams, 36, Liberty Street, St. Louis, MO;
William Gholson, 31, Rozier Street, St. Louis, MO;
Kendrick Moody, 39, 39, Webshire Street, St. Louis, MO;
Terrance Dunning, 35, Bugle Hill, Florissant, MO;
Selassie Gresham, 32, Fox Trail Drive, St. Charles, MO;
Freddie James, 39, Blackbirch Drive, Chesterfield, MO;
Wayman Simms, 56, St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO;
Jeremiah Taylor, 26, Salisbury Street, St. Louis, MO;
Randy Hendrix, 32, Walton Street, St. Louis, MO;
Gauntlett McCarter, 36, Claxton Street, St. Louis, MO;
Jarin Robinson, 40, 22nd Street, St. Louis, MO;
Anthony Martin, 42, Connecticut, Florissant, MO;
Y'Keta Canada, 29, Windmill Lane, Jefferson City, MO;
Andrew Smith, 32, Circle Drive, St. Charles, MO;
Kevin Cowper, Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO;
Randi Johnson, 24, Colonial Drive, Woodriver, IL;
Bernard West 33, Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO; and
Michael Lawson, 32, North 20th Street, St. Louis, MO.
If convicted, the defendants face penalties ranging from from five years to life in prison.
Here's a link to the redacted indictment. You can also read it below.
Penrose Drug Indictment 2