News Release
Date: May 14, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Former St. Louis Corrections Officer Sentenced on Federal Drug Distribution Charges

MAY 14 -(ST. LOUIS, MO) -  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri announced today that Peggy Lynn O’Neal was sentenced to 30 months in prison on charges involving the attempted distribution of heroin to inmates at the St. Louis City Justice Center.

O’Neal and co-defendants James Lamont Moore and Marilyn Brown were all corrections officers employed by the City of St. Louis at the City Justice Center. Between January and March 2009, on several occasions, O’Neal 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.

Peggy Lynn O’Neal, 49, St. Louis, previously pleaded guilty to two felony counts of attempted distribution of heroin, and appeared for sentencing this morning before United States District Judge Jean C. Hamilton.

Marilyn Denise Brown, 54, St. Louis, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted distribution of heroin in March and awaits sentencing later this month. James Lamont Moore, 36, St. Louis, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on October 30, 2009.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.   Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.