KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOX)-Law enforcement agencies in and around Kirkwood are breathing a little easier after the arrests of half-dozen men on federal drug and weapons charges.
Kirkwood Police Chief Jack Plummer tells KMOX that 32-year-old Chaz Alexander Baker, 28-year-old Ervin Thompson, 39-year-old Martez Jones, 42-year-old Duan Drayton and 38-year-old Marlow Parsons of Kirkwood and 35-year-old Kevin Ragland of Richmond Heights aren’t your fly by night bad guys, but are career criminals, “Involved in drugs, pseudines and firearm violations for a number of years. In and out of prison, in and out of jails, repeatedly.”
The six were indicted by a federal grand jury February 8 on 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. If convicted, they each could face life in prison.
Plummer says the six operated mainly out of the Meacham Park neighborhood, ‘When you can take the career criminals who are very, very good at what they do and get them put away, that’s a very good accomplishment. It helps us deal with the ones that are left behind you might say.”
Plummer says the arrests are due to the teamwork of local and federal agencies, which he says has never been better. He says their aggressive efforts have drug dealers in Meacham Park, becoming suspicious of ech other, “People doing drug deals, they were patting each other down to see who had a wire on them, because they were getting so paranoid by the number of arrests we were making, which obviously makes us real happy.”
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