Two Remaining Defendants Sentenced in a Drug Conspiracy Case
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri
St. Louis, MO – Two remaining defendants have been sentenced in a drug conspiracy ring on Tuesday in front of United States District Judge Catherine Perry. Gary James Evans, Jr., St. Louis, was sentenced to 102 months in prison and Lamont Kenneth Allen, St. Louis, to 24 months in prison on drug conspiracy charges.
The following defendants were sentenced earlier this year: Timothy Harris, Ferguson, MO – 240 months; Stephen Griffin, Sr., Ferguson, MO - 114 months; Earl Capri West, Cahokia, IL – 37 months; Shawn Duane Hall, St. Louis, MO – 151 months; Jimmie Lee Williams, St. Louis, MO – 106 months; and Stephen Griffin, Jr., St. Louis, MO – 60 months.
According to court documents, the conspiracy spanned more than two years and involved the distribution of more than a kilogram of heroin, the possession of numerous firearms and the generation of significant proceeds. During court-authorized wiretaps, investigators learned that members of the organization suspected that some of their customers were undercover agents. As a result, members of the conspiracy requested that an associate with access to law enforcement databases run the license plate number of the customers’ vehicle to discern whether it was registered to law enforcement. Additionally, agents intercepted calls indicating that members of the conspiracy planned to kill one of their customers over a drug debt. Agents were successfully able to intervene and arrest those involved before they were able to carry out the plot.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Kirkwood, Missouri Police Department investigated the case jointly as part of an initiative to combat opioid abuse. Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany Becker handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Updated April 12, 2017