St. Louis, MO (STL.News) – Ryan Easter, 27, of Florissant, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possessing fentanyl. Easter appeared in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for November 11, 2019.
According to court documents, on February 28, 2018, Easter conducted a narcotics transaction. Easter was eventually stopped by law enforcement. Easter was in the possession of a loaded 45-caliber Glock firearm and a plastic bag containing 322 fentanyl capsules.
Easter faces a penalty of not more than 20 years in prison imprisonment of not more than life, a fine of not more than $10,000,000 or both. In determining the actual sentence, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Mehan is handling the case.