(St. Louis) Four men from Jefferson County have been indicted on federal charges accusing them of selling guns and drugs in Fenton and St. Louis this year.
All four were indicted October 19th in U.S. District Court in St. Louis and the final two defendants appeared in court last week.
18-year-old Donye “El Baggo” Peace was indicted on four counts of distribution of cocaine, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug-trafficking crimes and the charge of unlicensed firearms trafficking.
18-year-old Anneyus D. James faces one drug count while 21-year-old Otis M. Patterson and 18-year-old Theordore Bradford are both facing one drug count apiece and one firearms charge apiece.
A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office says Donye Peace advertised illegal drugs on Instagram and met buyers in public areas as his co-defendants stood guard.
Peace also advertised firearms for sale on Instagram, allowing buyers to avoid background checks that would be required during a sale with a licensed firearm dealer.
Undercover agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bought drugs and guns from Peace and Patterson, with Bradford standing guard with an AR-15 during one sale.
The drug charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and the gun charges carry possible penalties of up to 5 years in a federal prison.