Keith Estep

Keith Estep

Keith Estep, 48, of House Springs has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution ring that operated in and around Jefferson County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Estep pleaded guilty Wednesday (March 3) to one count of conspiracy to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth and one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of meth. He was sentenced by Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a written statement.

From February 2018 to October 2019, Estep, along with Anthony Shurron Pork, Dewayne Dodd, Tracy Hyden, Jason Robertson, Misty Workman and others, operated the meth ring, going to St. Louis “to obtain large quantities of crystal methamphetamine for redistribution in Jefferson County and elsewhere," the report said.

In September 2019 and October 2019, investigators made four controlled purchases of about 1 ounce of meth at Estep’s home on Main Street in House Springs, the plea agreement said.

On Oct. 20, 2019, Estep’s home was raided, and investigators saw Estep flushing items down a toilet during the raid. Investigators found several large empty plastic bags in the toilet’s pipes, according to the plea agreement.

Investigators also found about 535 grams of meth, two digital scales with apparent drug reside, a Ruger LCP .380 pistol with a loaded magazine and a box of .380 ammunition in the home, the plea said.

The plea agreement said it was not possible to determine how much meth Estep had distributed as part of the ring, but it is believed he is responsible for distributing at least 500 grams but less than 1.5 kilograms of meth.

Hyden, who has lived in Fenton, Eureka and St. Louis, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15.

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