Former St. Louis police sergeant pleads guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges
By KMOV Web Producer
ST. LOUIS, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- A former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sergeant pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges for diverting seized packages containing marijuana for distribution and sale.
Larry J. Davis, 46, entered a guilty plea to the charges on Monday. His official charges are one felony county of conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute marijuana and one felony county of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Davis resigned from the St. Louis Police Department following his indictment in the case.
According to court documents, Davis was assigned as a supervisory Sergeant to the Central Patrol Division-Special Operations Group responsible for conducting investigations into illegal gang activities and illegal drug distribution. He admitted with his plea that between October, 2010 and January, 2012, he visited various package delivery company branch facilities in St. Louis in his official capacity as a police officer and seized packages which were suspected of containing marijuana.
Instead of taking the seized packages to the police department or to the police laboratory, Davis took the seized packages to his personal residence on Eichelberger in the City of St. Louis, or to his co-defendant brother’s residence in St. Louis County. He and his brother, co-defendant Linus Davis, opened the packages and removed the concealed marijuana, which they later sold and distributed for their own personal gain.
In order to conceal his criminal conduct, Larry Davis failed to submit police reports regarding the package seizures. As part of their guilty pleas, the brothers have agreed to the forfeiture of two vehicles used in their conspiracy, as well as cash seized during the execution of a search warrant at Larry Davis’ residence.
His brother, Linus R. Davis, 43, St. Louis County, pleaded guilty to the same charges on March 9th and is scheduled for sentencing on June 7, 2012. Larry's sentencing is scheduled for July 26th this year.
If found guilty, the brothers face a maximum of five years in prison for each count.