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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

St. Charles Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Conspiracy

St. Louis –Jonathen Aguilar, 31, of St. Charles, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute between 1.2 and 4 kilograms fentanyl.  Aguilar appeared in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Rodney L. White who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for October 2, 2019.

According to court documents, on September 13, 2018, a suspicious package was sent to the address of 2017 Avignon Drive in St. Charles, Missouri from California.   Aguilar and co-defendant Ruben Lopez were involved in retrieving the package from Avignon Drive and delivering it to another residence at 425 Molina Way.

On September 18, 2018, inspectors discovered a suspicious package addressed to a “Kimberly Coxx” at “2017 Avignon Dr” and a La Mirada, California return address.  Investigators obtained a federal warrant to search the package.  Inside, inspectors discovered fentanyl.  The fentanyl was seized. 

Based on additional investigation, investigators obtained a search warrant for 2017 Avignon Drive and 425 Molina Way.  During the Avignon Drive search, investigators located and seized, among other things, a stolen Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun with an ammunition magazine containing twelve rounds; two suspected pill presses with drug residue; fentanyl; and an empty postal box mailed on August 30, 2018.  During the Molina Way search, investigators located and seized, among other things, fentanyl and $19,000.

On September 20, 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration received information that an additional package was present on the porch at 2017 Avignon Drive.  Investigators obtained a federal warrant to search the package.  Inspectors located fentanyl inside.

Aguilar faces a penalty of imprisonment of not more than life, a fine of not more than $10,000,000 or both.  In determining the actual sentence, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.  

These charges are a result of a joint investigation between the St. Louis Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the St. Charles County Police Department, the St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force, the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the St. Peters Police Department.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Updated July 8, 2019