News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2006

Former Police Officer Sentenced on Drug Charges

JUL 21 -- St. Louis, Missouri: Preston L. Grubbs, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) St. Louis Office and, United Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway announced on July 24, 2006, Antoine Gordon, former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer was sentenced to 97 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute in excess of one (1) kilogram of heroin and aiding and abetting a drug conspiracy. The drug conspiracy involved a total of 21 defendants.

“The vast majority of law enforcement officers carry out their duty each day with great integrity,” said Hanaway. “One bad officer will now spend eight years in prison because he chose a different path than his colleagues. Mr. Gordon put all other law enforcement in harm’s way by providing intelligence to a heroine dealer. We are grateful to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for their cooperation in the prosecution of this case.”

Gordon, 35, 1100 block of Vinson, St. Louis, 63106, was convicted last April, after a three-day trial before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

Beginning in spring 2001, Adrian Minnis was the leader of a multi-kilo heroin, cocaine base conspiracy. Testimony at trial detailed that between June 10 and June 14, 2004, Antoine Gordon, who at the time was a St. Louis police officer, assisted the Adrian Minnis drug conspiracy by performing “record checks” on available law enforcement databases to determine whether individuals who attempted and/or obtained heroin from Adrian Minnis on June 10, 2004 were working as confidential sources for law enforcement officers. Minnis previously pled guilty and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced August 24, 2006.

Hanaway commended the cooperative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments.