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franklin county man sentenced on drug and money laundering charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2014

St. Louis, MO - CRAIG MOLITOR was sentenced to 84 months in prison on January 22 for distributing multi-ounce quantities of methamphetamine in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  

According to statements presented to the court at the time of his plea, Craig Molitor began to obtain and distribute methamphetamine before 2010. Molitor obtained bulk quantities of actual methamphetamine, which he distributed to others. He was the main supplier for co-defendant Eric Wessler, who redistributed a large portion of the methamphetamine he received. At times, Wessler also made contact with different sources of supply for actual methamphetamine, which he met through co-defendant Kellen Lincoln.  The sources for actual methamphetamine included Peter Coyle, Gerald Dement, Luz Angelica Carrillo and others. Additionally, Eric Wessler obtained ounces of actual methamphetamine from co-defendant Jason Knox.

As Craig Molitor began to distribute actual methamphetamine before 2010, he utilized various credit cards to fund his trips.  The credit cards used were obtained by his grandmother.  Funds from their joint accounts were used to pay the credit card balances, bills and to make periodic payments for various high-end vehicles utilized by Molitor.  Molitor had his grandmother make deposits from cash derived from the distribution of actual methamphetamine, which was used to pay the various bills.  The purpose was to conceal the true nature of the proceeds of actual methamphetamine distribution. 

The following co-defendants have previously pled guilty to related charges:

  • Eric Wessler, Lake Saint Louis, MO, scheduled for sentencing March 25, 2014
  • Gerald Dement, Liberty, MO, sentenced in October to 120 months in prison
  • Peter Coyle, Larexa, KS, sentenced in August to 120 months in prison
  • Jason Knox, Foristell, MO, scheduled for sentencing February 6, 2014
  • Kellen Lincoln, Kansas City, MO, sentenced in August to one year and one day in prison.

Luz Angelica Carrillo, is currently a fugitive and still faces trial.  She is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Franklin County Narcotics Unit and IRS Criminal Investigation.

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