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Case Number: 4:19-cr-00808-SRC
Judge: Stephen R. Clark
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: St. Louis, Missouri criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Richard Lawrence Davis, 38, of St. Louis, Missouri, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
In September of 2019, investigators identified Davis as a distributor of narcotics, including cocaine and fentanyl. Investigators then initiated a surveillance of Davis’s activities in and around the 700 block of Greenway Manor Drive in Florissant, Missouri.
While conducting surveillance on September 25, investigators observed a narcotics transaction conducted by Davis, and subsequently seized over a half-kilogram of cocaine from Davis’s customer.
Investigators resumed their surveillance of Davis, where they observed other transactions. Investigators approached Davis, who fled and tried to discard approximately 80 grams of cocaine. Davis was ultimately apprehended. Investigators searched the apartment where Davis was storing his narcotics. Law enforcement officers seized over two kilograms of cocaine belonging to Davis, along with approximately one-half kilogram of fentanyl. Investigators also located and seized a Glock, .40 caliber, semi-automatic handgun and a Hi-Point, .45 caliber, semi-automatic handgun belonging to Davis, as well as a digital scale and wrappings for kilogram-amounts or “bricks” of cocaine.
Davis was also on federal supervised release for previous federal drug and weapon offenses at the time of his above-described arrest.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Florissant Police Department, the Bridgeton Police Department, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the St. Charles Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Lisa Yemm and Ricardo Dixon are handling the case.
Outcome: Davis faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
06/25/2021 164 ELECTRONIC MINUTE ENTRY (no pdf attached) for proceedings held before District Judge Stephen R. Clark: Change of Plea hearing as to Richard Lawrence Davis held on 6/25/2021. Under Section 15002(b)(2)(A) of the CARES act, in response to the COVID-19 crisis this Court authorizes the use of video and telephone conferencing for criminal hearings. The defendant has been advised and consents on the record to proceed by Zoom. Counsel for the government and for the defendant also participate by Zoom. Defendant sworn. Age of Defendant: 38; Level of Education: GED. The Court finds the defendant competent to enter a plea of guilty. By leave of Court, defendant withdraws former plea of not guilty and enters a Plea(s) of Guilty as to Count(s) 1,3,4 and 5 of the Superseding Indictment. Counts held in abeyance until sentencing: 6. The Court accepts the guilty plea. The Court defers adoption of the guilty plea agreement. Guilty Plea Agreement filed. Objections, if any, to the Presentence Report are due 14 days after receiving the Presentence Report, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 32(f)(1). No objections shall be filed after that deadline without leave of the Court. The Parties shall inform the Court, in writing, and no less than ten (10) days prior to the sentencing date, whether testimony is to be presented at sentencing and, if so, the anticipated number of witnesses and the estimated length of such testimony. The Parties must file any memoranda no later than seven (7) days before the sentencing date except that a response to a sentencing memorandum may be filed no later than five (5) days before the sentencing date. The Court sets sentencing for September 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. (Sentencing set for 9/30/2021 02:00 PM via Zoom Video Conference before District Judge Stephen R. Clark.) (Court Reporter:Reagan Fiorino, Reagan_Fiorino@moed.uscourts.gov, 314-244-7989) (proceedings started: 10:04 am) (proceedings ended: 10:54 am)(Deputy Clerk: L. Jones) (Defendant Location: CUSTODY)(Appearance for Government: Lisa Yemm and Ricardo Dixon)(Appearance for Defendant: Joseph Hogan) (LNJ) (Entered: 06/25/2021)
06/25/2021 165 GUILTY PLEA AGREEMENT by USA, Richard Lawrence Davis as to Richard Lawrence Davis. (LNJ) (Entered: 06/25/2021)
06/25/2021 166 GUILTY PLEA AGREEMENT SUPPLEMENT as to Richard Lawrence Davis. (LNJ) (Entered: 06/25/2021)