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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Local Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Marijuana Trafficking Conspiracy

St. Louis, MO – The leader and the final of a 24-defendant, multi-hundred kilogram marijuana trafficking conspiracy ring was sentenced to 30 years in prison this morning by United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson. According to court documents and testimony presented at trial, David Ingram Henderson was the leader of an organization involved in the transportation of more than a ton of bulk marijuana from Arizona to the St. Louis area beginning in the summer of 2006 and continuing to June 2010. 

Henderson devised a system in which he would use members of the conspiracy to drive multiple rental vehicles with license plates from various states back from Arizona. One of these vehicles would be loaded with a large amount of marijuana intended for distribution in the St. Louis area and the other vehicles would travel in tandem with the loaded vehicle to serve as decoys designed to direct law enforcement attention away from the loaded vehicle.  Additionally, Henderson headed another conspiracy that operated indoor marijuana growing operations at various locations in St. Louis City and County.

DAVID INGRAM HENDERSON, Maryland Heights, Missouri, was convicted in November 2013 of one felony count each of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute over 1000 kilograms of marijuana; conspiracy to manufacture over 100 plants of marijuana and the manufacture of 100 marijuana plants.

Twenty-three co-defendants previous pleaded guilty to related charges and have been sentenced.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Border Patrol, Nebraska State Patrol, Arizona Department of Safety, Phoenix Police Department, Hall County Nebraska Sheriff’s Department, O’Fallon Police Department and Maryland Heights Police Department. 

Updated March 19, 2015