ST. LOUIS (KMOV / AP) — Fifteen alleged gang members or associates have been indicted by a federal grand jury in St. Louis for distribution of crack cocaine and heroin.
Federal agents and police are working together to arrest the men, 12 of them from St. Louis and three from Phoenix. The roundup is part of Mission SAVE, a St. Louis-area effort launched in 2015 that targets violent offenders. By midday Wednesday, about half of the suspects were in custody.
Authorities say the men are members of or are associated with a gang known as the Cochran Crips, who operate out of neighborhoods near downtown St. Louis.
On April 19, the men, 12 from St. Louis and three from Arizona, were indicted on charges by a federal grand jury.
Kevin Simmons, 45, of St. Louis, Johnnie King, 39, of St. Louis, Randy Johnson, a/k/a “Big Randy”, 33, of St. Louis, and Farid Annoor, a/k/a “Rumble”, a/k/a “Rambo”, 26, of St. Louis have been charged with the intent to distribute a cocaine base (“crack”). If convicted, the charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.
The other defendants, Ricardo Ramos-Estrada, 31, of Phoenix, AZ, Armando Ramos-Estrada, 34, of Phoenix, AZ, Christian Nunez, 20, of Phoenix, AZ, Darryl Black, 26, of St. Louis, Arieawn Richaud Dillon, 22, of St. Louis, Daviyon Thomas, a/k/a “Big Boy”, 27, of St. Louis, Gregory Hampton, a/k/a “Greasy”, 32, of St. Louis, Travis Roberts, 28, of St. Louis, Jerome Thomas, 45, of St. Louis, Troy Parker, 47, of St. Louis and Jermaine Johnson, 45, of St. Louis, were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. If convicted, they could spend 10 years to life in prison.
The investigation is being conducted by the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and police departments in St. Louis city, St. Louis County and St. Charles city.