News Release
Date: February 24, 2012
Contact: Special Agent Karin Caito

Federal Drug, Weapons Charges for Six in St. Louis Area

FEB 24 - (St. Louis, MO) - The Drug Enforcement Administration announced today that six area people have been arrested on federal charges involving the alleged conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in and around the Meacham Park Neighborhood of the City of Kirkwood.

“For too long, this organization operated with impunity in local communities,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge James Shroba.  “We have taken a violent group off the streets and ended any chance of them ever returning to their criminal activities.  DEA continues to work with our local law enforcement to do everything we can to ensure that our neighborhoods are free from the violent thugs who poison our communities with crack and other dangerous drugs.”

The following defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury February 8, 2012, on multiple charges including conspiracy to distribute in excess of 280 grams of crack cocaine; distribution of crack cocaine; distribution of heroin; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes; and maintaining a drug involved premises:

Chaz Alexander Baker, 32, Kirkwood, MO; Ervin J. Thompson, 28, Kirkwood, MO; Martez D. Jones, 39, Kirkwood, MO; Duan Drayton, 42, Kirkwood, MO; Marlowe Parsons, 38, Kirkwood, MO; and Kevin Ragland, 35, Richmond Heights, MO.

The indictment remained sealed until the arrest of the defendants this week.

If convicted, these charges carry maximum penalties up to life in prison. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Kirkwood Police Department, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.