Federal Jury Finds the Enforcer of a Drug Trafficking Organization Guilty on Heroin Trafficking and Murder Charges
St. Louis, MO – After a ten-day trial and 62 witnesses, a federal jury returned three guilty verdicts – conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and two counts of possession of a firearm (with death resulting) in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to the evidence presented at trial, defendant Donald Stewart a/k/a “OG,” was an enforcer for the Donald White drug trafficking organization. Over several years, White’s drug trafficking organization engaged in acts of violence with a rival drug trafficking organization. Defendant Stewart was recruited as a shooter for the White drug trafficking organization and engaged in several acts of violence for the organization. Additionally, defendant Stewart was a street level heroin dealer for the organization. Defendant Stewart’s residence in the 5200 block of Northland was used as a heroin distribution hub, used to store weapons, and used to plan out various acts of violence including murder committed by Stewart and other members of the organization.
“This office will continue to prosecute murder cases aggressively when they involve heroin interdiction or any other federal crime,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen.
According to the evidence, on March 26, 2010 Michael McGill was lured to the 5200 block of Maffitt where he was gunned down by members of the White organization as part of the ongoing drug war. On July 23, 2010, Darrion Williams, Jr. was lured to an alley behind the 5200 block of Maffitt for a purported drug deal where he was gunned down by Stewart and other members.
On April 25, 2013, defendant Terrance Wilson, a/k/a “Mutt,” entered pleas to drug conspiracy and firearms charges. According to the plea agreement defendant Wilson also served as an enforcer for the White drug trafficking organization and participated in both the McGill and Williams murders.
Stewart now faces a maximum penalty of life. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
The conviction of Donald Stewart and Terrance Wilson along with previous convictions of Donald White and members of his organization has dismantled the drug organization and ended their reign of violence.
The case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s Intelligence and Homicide Divisions, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“These agents and prosecutors were tenacious. They worked in close coordination and simply never gave up until justice was served,” said U.S. Attorney Jensen.