News Release
August 13, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

St. Louis Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug
Distribution Charges

AUG 13 -- (ST. LOUIS, MO): James Lamont Moore has pleaded guilty to charges involving the attempted distribution of heroin to inmates at the St. Louis City Justice Center, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap announced today.

Moore and co-defendant Peggy O’Neal and Marilyn Brown were all corrections officers employed by the City of St. Louis at the City Justice Center. Between January and March 2009, Moore received purported heroin from an individual outside of the Justice Center, along with cash payments, and secretly delivered the purported heroin to an inmate at the Justice Center.

James Lamont Moore, 36, St. Louis, plead guilty to one felony count of attempted distribution of heroin.  He appeared before United States District Judge Donald J. Stohr.  Sentencing has been set for October 30, 2009.

Co-defendants Marilyn Denise Brown, 54, St. Louis, was indicted in June by a federal grand jury on one felony count of attempted distribution of heroin; Peggy Lynn O’Neal, 48, St. Louis, was indicted on two felony counts of attempted distribution of heroin.  Both are facing trial.

If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of twenty years and/or fines up to 1,000,000 dollars.

Reap commended the work on the case by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith, who is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations, and the remaining defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.