ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Federal prosecutors in St. Louis announced Friday the break-up of a major drug trafficking ring in New Mexico with local ties.
They say five St. Louis-area men were arrested Thursday on drug conspiracy and money-laundering charges.
The counts relate to a large amount of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana sent from Albuquerque to other U.S. cities, including St. Louis.
The alleged kingpin is identified as Alphonso Gonzales of New Mexico.
The locals taken into custody include: 43-year-old Floyd Huntley Jr. of St. Ann, 37-year-old Jonathan Spencer of Ferguson, 34-year-old Orlando Allen of St. Louis, 35-year-old Dallas Lane of St. Louis, and 43-year-old David M. Young of St. Louis. They are expected to appear in court on February 10.
There are also nine associates from outside St. Louis charged in the indictment.
If convicted, Alphonso Gonzales faces a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 20 years. His associates face sentences of ten years to life in prison if convicted of their crimes.
Locally, St. Ann Police helped federal DEA agents with the case.