Randall Bryant, 48, of De Soto is among 15 people, including several from the St. Louis area, who have been charged for allegedly playing a role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri announced Tuesday (Jan. 14).
Bryant was named in a sealed superseding indictment dated Jan. 9 that details the alleged seizures of drugs, money and firearms from the group. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday after the suspects were arrested. The Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service and multiple law enforcement agencies arrested those suspected in the drug ring, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The other area suspects include Miguel Silva-Torres Jr., 31, of St. Ann; Frank Stogsdill Sr., 57, of O’Fallon; David Henderson, 58, of Bonne Terre; and Royce Spann, 35, of St. Louis.
They join Ramon Gonzalez, 47, of St. Peters, who was charged in April 2019 in connection with the alleged drug ring, the report said.
Bryant and the other defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, the superseding indictment said.
According to the indictment, Bryant allegedly acted as a distributor for the drug ring. He allegedly provided Henderson with meth on Aug. 16, 2018, and Sept. 11, 2018, and on April 5, 2019, he allegedly personally distributed and aided in the distribution of meth.
On May 2, 2019, Bryant allegedly transferred $23,900 in proceeds from the distribution of illegal controlled substances, the indictment said.
The alleged conspiracy reached nearly halfway across the country and included significant seizures in St. Louis, Kansas City and California. The investigation started in June 2018, culminating this past April and May with the seizure of more than $150,000 in May alone, according to the indictment.
Because the amount of meth involved is more than 50 grams, Bryant and the other alleged co-conspirators face punishments of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, the report said.
“When someone chooses to sell drugs, support or join a drug-trafficking organization that distributes drugs, there is an entire network of federal, state and local law enforcement officers ready to stop them,” United States Attorney Jeffrey B. Jensen said in a written statement. “In the last year, this office has doubled the number of federal firearm- and drug-related prosecutions as a result of cooperative and wide-reaching investigations like this.”
William Callahan, DEA St. Louis Field Division special agent in charge, said the charges are another step toward making the St. Louis area a safer place.
“We know there is a correlation between drugs and violence in the St. Louis Metro area,” Callahan said. “This is the kind of drug- and weapons-trafficking criminal organization the DEA, along with our law enforcement partners, seek to dismantle.”
St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said the arrests and charges brought down one of the largest drug distribution networks in our region’s history.
The St. Peters Police Department also was among the agencies that played a role in the arrests, the report said.