St. Louis police sergeant indicted on federal drug charges
By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV.com) -- A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Sergeant and his brother have been indicted on federal drug charges after investigators said they diverted seized packages containing marijuana for distribution and sale.
According to the indictment, Larry J. Davis, 46, is assigned as a supervisory Sergeant for a division of the St. Louis Police Department that conducts investigations into illegal gang activities and illegal drug distribution. The indictment alleges from October 1, 2010 through January 10, 2012, Larry Davis gathered seized packages suspected of containing marijuana. Instead of taking the seized packages to the police department, unbeknownst to the package handling companies, investigators allege Davis took the packages to his personal residence on Eichelberger in St. Louis City.
The indictment also names Davis' brother Linus Davis, 42, as an accomplice. Authorities allege the brothers would open the seized packages, remove the concealed marijuana and later sell it for personal gain. Additionally, in order to conceal his criminal conduct, Larry Davis failed to submit police reports regarding the seizures.
The brothers were each indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury on one felony count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute marijuana and one count of Intent to Distribute marijuana. Larry Davis was arrested on Thursday morning at his home. His brother Linus is expected to surrender to authorities later on Thursday.
"Without going into operational details, we are very appreciative of the cooperation we received from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department," said Thomas R. Metz, Acting Special in Charge of the FBI St. Louis Division.
If convicted, each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. The actual sentence will be determined by a judge.
The case was investigated by the FBI Public Corruption Task Force which includes officers of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
News 4 obtained documents that suggest Larry Davis is no stranger to criminal activity. According to public court documents, in April, 2009, a man filed a lawsuit against Larry Davis for incidents that occured in October, 2008. The plaintiff claimed he was walking home from a neighborhood convenince store when he was approached by Larry Davis.
According to the court documents, Davis told the man he needed to talk to him and placed him in handcuffs and pushed him into a SUV. Once inside the SUV, he said he was questioned by Davis and another man about drug activity at in a particular neighborhood building. The man denied any knowledge of drug activity. It was then the plaintiff was driven to the area of Broadway and Davidson in the City of St. Louis. All men exited the vehicle and the plaintiff claims he was walked to the edge of a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.
Once at the bluff, the man claims Davis punched him in the face and kneed him in the groin. The man said Davis held him up while the other man punched him in the body numerous times. After the barage of punches, the plaintiff claimed Davis held a pistol to his head and asked "if he wanted a closed casket." The court documents state that Davis holstered his pistol and told the man he should "just cooperate" next time.
The plaintiff stated that Davis and the other man left him on the ground and drove off in the SUV. The victim received contusions, abraisions, a chest wall strain, a fractured rib and other trauma to the body.
The case never made trial. It went into arbitration and the City of St. Louis made a cash settlement with the victim.