Tracy Douglas Hyden, 55, who has lived in Fenton, Eureka and St Louis, has pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in a methamphetamine distribution ring that operated in and around Jefferson County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
Hyden pleaded guilty Tuesday (Jan. 12) in the Eastern District Court of Missouri to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possessing 50 grams or more of meth with the intent to distribute, the report said.
Hyden faces a mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence, according to a plea agreement in the case. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15 in front of Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., according to the report.
From February 2018 to Oct. 22, 2019, Hyden, along with Anthony Shurron Pork, Dewayne Dodd, Keith Allen Estep, Jason P. 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.
On Aug. 13, 2019, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents saw Hyden meet with Dodd at a Rally’s restaurant parking lot, 305 Vandeventer Ave., in St. Louis and purchase meth from Dodd, who, along with Pork, stored and distributed the drug at a home in the 4100 block of Westminster Place near a Central West End neighborhood, the plea agreement said.
Eight days later, Hyden was again seen meeting Dodd near the intersection of Sarah Street and McPherson Avenue, which is near the Westminster Place home. Dodd was seen returning to the home after meeting Hyden, who was stopped a short time after the meeting, according to the plea agreement.
After being stopped by investigators, the vehicle Hyden was driving was searched and investigators found about 110 grams of meth in the vehicle, the report said.
Hyden admitted to investigators that he intended to sell the meth. Investigators determined that Hyden sold at least 500 grams but less than 1.5 kilograms of meth from February 2018 through August 2019, according to the report.
The group was investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit, the report said.