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Former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant sentenced on drug conspiracy charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2012

St. Louis, MO - Larry J. Davis was sentenced to 57 months in prison for diverting seized packages containing marijuana for distribution and sale. The total amount of marijuana possessed and intended to be distributed was approximately 60 to 80 kilograms. Larry Davis resigned from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department following his indictment in this case.

According to court documents, Larry Davis was assigned as a supervisory Sergeant to the Central Patrol Division-Special Operations Group responsible for conducting investigations into illegal gang activities and illegal drug distribution. Larry Davis admitted with his plea that between October 2010 and January 2012, he visited various package delivery company branch facilities in St. Louis in his official capacity as a police officer and seized packages which were suspected of containing marijuana. Instead of taking the seized packages to the Police Department or to the Police Laboratory, and unbeknownst to the package delivery companies, Larry Davis took the seized packages to his personal residence in the City of St. Louis, or to his co-defendant brother’s residence in St. Louis County. He and his brother, co-defendant Linus Davis, opened the packages and removed the concealed marijuana, which they later sold and distributed for their own personal gain. In order to conceal his criminal conduct, Larry Davis failed to submit police reports regarding the package seizures. As part of their guilty pleas, the brothers have agreed to the forfeiture of two vehicles used in their conspiracy, as well as cash seized during the execution of a search warrant at Larry Davis’ residence.

"The fact that Davis was a police officer and was willing to conduct this criminal activity is extremely disappointing. However, the greatest damage done in this case is how he undermined the public's trust in law enforcement," said Special Agent in Charge Dean C. Bryant of the FBI St. Louis Division.

LARRY J. DAVIS pled guilty in April to one felony count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson.

This case was investigated by the FBI Public Corruption Task Force, including officers of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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