Fifteen Arrested on Drug Charges in St. Louis Area
JUL 21 -- (ST. LOUIS ) – Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s St. Louis Division joined with Acting U.S. Attorney Michael W. Reap and St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom to announce the arrest of fifteen individuals on charges stemming from a drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine throughout the St. Louis area.
This investigation focused on gang related drug activity in the Jeff Vander Lou area of North St. Louis. The conspiracy encompassed distribution of more than five kilos of cocaine and 50 grams of crack cocaine. Included in the indictment is the Chicago source of supply for the organization. In addition to these indictees, over 25 people have been charged in federal and state court, and others are under investigation. Nineteen firearms and more than $640,000 in cash and assets have been seized.
“When guns and gangs mix with illicit drugs they become an explosive cocktail. It’s a deadly combination that undermines safe communities, and contributes to addiction and violence in our neighborhoods,” said Sommers.
“This case is what the Violent Offenders Unit is all about—identifying those who are terrorizing our neighborhoods with guns, violence and drugs. I hope these arrests send a message to others who may be using the same methods to wreak havoc in our city. We will find you, we will arrest you and you will face the consequences,” said Isom.
Indicted and/or arrested:
JERRY McCOMB, a/k/a Slim, 36; Dellwood, MO;
If convicted, the following charges carry penalties of: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine and 50 grams of crack cocaine, penalty range of 10 years to life in prison and/or fines up to $4 million; Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, maximum of 20 years prison and/or fines up to $250,000; Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, five years to life in prison and/or fines up to $250,000; Attempting to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of cocaine, 10 years to life in prison and/or fines up to $4 million; and Distribution in excess of 50 grams of crack cocaine, 10 years to life in prison and/or fines up to $4 million.