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St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Drugs that Killed 19-year-old Chesterfield Woman

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

St Louis – Gary Scott Hancock, 30, of St. Louis, Missouri, entered a guilty plea to one count of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death before the Honorable Ronnie L. White today.  Hancock is scheduled to appear for sentencing on March 25, 2020.

According to court documents, 19-year-old T.G. was found unresponsive in a relative’s home in Chesterfield, Missouri on October 13, 2018.  She was pronounced deceased, and a subsequent post-mortem examination revealed that she died as a result of acute fentanyl intoxication.  An examination of T.G.’s phone and text messages revealed that on the evening of October 12, 2018, T.G. had exchanged text messages with a person who identified himself as “Scott.” “Scott” agreed to sell T.G. “5 beans” of “raw fenny [ ] mixed [ ] with some sort of cut” for $20.  “Scott” texted T.G. that she would have to meet him at his home, and he provided her his street address in the 4300 block of Delor.  Between the time of the messages and her death, evidence placed T.G. in the area of the 4300 block of Delor.

Hancock was arrested in February 2019 after he was located at his home in the 4300 block of Delor.  During a video recorded interview, Hancock admitted that he had communicated with T.G. on the night of October 12, 2018, and that he typically went by his middle name, Scott.  Hancock confirmed that he agreed to sell T.G. “5 beans” of fentanyl on October 12, 2018 and that T.G. had come to his residence and made the purchase.

Hancock now faces a 20-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence.  “Every individual has a clear choice when it comes to the poison that is fentanyl.  Pick it up or put it down.  We want you to put it down.  If you do, you save your life and the lives of others.  Sadly, that didn’t happen here.  And when it doesn’t, you will be prosecuted federally and serve significant prison time in a facility far from the Saint Louis area,” said United States Attorney Jeff Jensen following today’s guilty plea.

The case was investigated by the Chesterfield Police Department, assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated December 18, 2019