ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Twenty-five people, including several members of the Saddle Tramps Motorcyle Club, face federal drug and weapons charges after a major methamphetamine and cocaine bust in eastern Missouri.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis announced the arrests on Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said large amounts of meth were distributed by the suspects since October 2010 and sold in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

“The cocaine connection was more just for the metropolitan area,” he added.

Most of the suspects are from the St. Louis area and Jefferson and St. Francois counties. One suspect is from Corinth, Texas.

Callahan said they operated as middle men, as well as at the retail level.

Two of the suspects are also facing state murder charges. Melvin Scherrer of Bonne Terre is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Cape Girardeau tattoo artist Sam Francis, whose body was found in a septic tank near Bonne Terre in July.

Brent Bouren of St. Louis is charged with second-degree murder in the same case.


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