(St. Louis) U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie White accepted a plea of guilty from Kevin Karll this week for the crimes of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Judge White set sentencing for January 11th for the Jefferson County man.
Karll is the first defendant to plead guilty in a multi-defendant conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
According to the plea agreement, for more than a year, the D.E.A., Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Jefferson County Municipal Enforcement Group, investigated a drug trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of crystal meth in the St. Louis region, with a network connected to Los Angeles.
Karll was identified as one of many street-level distributors for the illicit drug organization.
The indictment alleged from January 2019 until the the indictment date of January 6th of this year, Brendon Thomas, Joe Holliman, Dedrick Jordan, Terry Williams and others, both known and unknown, to include Kevin Karll conspired to distribute methamphetamine and other controlled substances in Missouri and elsewhere.
On June 18, 2020, investigators joined with the St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to execute search warrants at locations associated with the conspiracy.
Investigators seized more than $140,000 in cash, crystal meth and high-grade marijuana, along with two assault rifles and four handguns.
Investigators stopped a vehicle on its way to St. Louis and seized 28 pounds of methamphetamine and a firearm from a hidden compartment from within the vehicle.