Beginning prior to 2018, the conspiracy began transporting multi-pound loads of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl from Houston, Texas and Fort Lauderdale, Florida for distribution in the St. Louis area. The drugs were transported utilizing tractor-trailers and vehicles containing specially built concealed compartments. Upon arrival, the drugs were off-loaded at a residence in Spanish Lake, Missouri and then sold throughout the St. Louis area. The proceeds from the sales were compiled by the top St. Louis area distributors at various locations in St. Louis County and St. Louis City, loaded into the transport vehicles, and driven back to Houston, Texas and elsewhere for payment.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s and the United States Attorney’s Office’s investigation began in March of 2018 and has resulted in the seizure of over 50 pounds of cocaine, over 25 pounds of heroin and fentanyl, and over $2,000,000.00 in drug proceeds.
“This 15 month long drug investigation by DEA agents and task force officers extended from the Southern U.S. border to north St. Louis City,” stated DEA St. Louis Division Special Agent in Charge Bill Callahan. “This drug trafficking organization was responsible for bringing cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl into north St. Louis City, and preyed upon our neighbors who suffer from the disease of addiction. The DEA and our state and local law enforcement partners work hard every day to interdict these dangerous drugs and hold drug traffickers accountable for the destruction they cause families and communities effected by drug addiction and drug violence.”
The following fifteen individuals were charged:
- Guy R. Goolsby, 39, of St. Louis, Missouri,
- Grant A. Berry, 41, of St. Louis, Missouri,
- David M. Foston, 47, of St. Louis, Missouri,
- Kennerson L. Gooden, 50 of Houston, Texas,
- David M. Martinez, 47, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
- Chivas Holmes, 42, of St. Louis Missouri,
- Antonio T. Boyd, 52, of St. Louis, Missouri
- Jonathan W. Jefferson, 57 of Houston, Texas,
- Harold Arceneaux, 43, of Atlanta, Georgia,
- Otis B. Dodd, 67, of Houston, Texas,
- David Lee Trevino, 46, of San Antonio, Texas,
- Carlos Macias, 40, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
- Lina Katiuzca Macias, 43, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
- Jorge A. Lopez-Duran, 41, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
- Shannon L. Holmes, 52, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Charges set forth in the Indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.