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St. Louis Couple Indicted with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Charles T. McRoberts, 49, of St. Louis, and Gernell Armour, 47, of St. Louis, were indicted today on two felony counts each – one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and one count of possessing with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

According to the court documents, on July 9, 2019, detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were conducting a narcotics investigation at the United Parcel Service (UPS) Shipment Sorting Center on Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis, MO.  After becoming suspicious of a brown package addressed to 4715 Sacramento Avenue, a K-9 dog conducted a sniff of the package and gave a positive response to the odor of narcotics.  After obtaining a search warrant and conducting a search of the package, officers located and seized two cylinders wrapped in green electrical tape, each of which contained a plastic bag with fentanyl.  The total amount of fentanyl seized was approximately 962 grams.

On July 12, 2019, a UPS security representative delivered a decoy package to the address on Sacramento where it was accepted by Armour.  Shortly after acceptance, McRoberts arrived and approached the package.  McRoberts was arrested. 

If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine each.  In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating this case.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Nauman Wadalawala is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Charges set forth in the Indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Updated July 25, 2019