Monday, August 3, 2020

Cocaine kingpin with Mexican cartel connections sentenced to 20 years

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Adrian "AD" Lemons
ST. LOUIS – Adrian “AD” Lemons, 42, of St. Louis, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for cocaine conspiracy. Lemons appeared on 31 July 2020 before U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Autrey. According to court documents, between 2012 and 2016, Lemons worked with representatives of the Mexican cartel to receive and distribute vast kilogram quantities of cocaine within the City of St. Louis. 

Lemons also supplied large quantities of cocaine to large-scale, mid-level, and street-level drug dealers who also sold cocaine and cocaine base (crack) within the Saint Louis area and beyond. Virgil Sims was one such dealer who distributed cocaine supplied to him directly by Lemons in St. Louis as well as the southeast Missouri region. Sims also undertook efforts to maintain Lemons’ drug trafficking organization once Lemons was federally indicted in January 2016.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division; Homeland Security Investigations; St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department; the Kennett, Missouri, Police Department; the United States Marshals Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the FBI.

As to the larger drug conspiracy, the Mexican cartel coordinated routine bulk shipments of cocaine from Reynosa, Mexico, through the Rio Grande Valley, and then to the St. Louis area. The cocaine shipments were transported via truck and, in turn, bulk quantities of U.S. currency were shipped back through the southern U.S. to Mexico as payment for the cocaine.

During the course of the overall investigation, agents seized firearms; drug trafficking tools; drug ledgers; over 64 kilograms of cocaine; and over $1.3 million directly attributable to Lemons and his associates, including Sims. Lemons also owned and utilized multiple properties located throughout St. Louis in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy, including, but not limited to, properties at 11553 Poeggemoeller Avenue; 824 and 1600 McLaran; 6327 Theodosia Avenue; 7230 North Broadway; 8573 Broadway; 877 Wall; and 7118 Idlewild. Lemons specifically admitted that he was the manager of this extensive criminal enterprise.

“[On 31 July 2020] we saw one of this region’s most prolific drug traffickers sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.  The poison he peddled not only endangered this community, but it fueled unprecedented levels of drug-related violence and murders,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen after the sentencing.

“[This] sentence is the result of a long-term, far-reaching investigation involving federal, state and local partners. It is an example of federal law enforcement at its finest.” Lemons is one of 34 defendants named in federal indictments consisting of charges related to drug trafficking and drug trafficking related violence, including multiple homicides.

35 comments:

  1. Excellent 👍 another one goes to the slammer.

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    1. You think this is such a big break in this business. This is just one over a million people involved

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    2. At least its one down. On to the next.

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    3. This guy just got replaced it will never end.

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    4. 6:07 might not look like a a but a couple of these and you make small dent and expensive things don’t look good with dents

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  2. Another defund-the-police locale.

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    1. Suggest police act right & according to the law. Violating civil rights of citizens & not being held accountable is what led to this movement.
      The way I see it, like doctors & nurses private insurance should be acquired by all law enforcement. A cost effective tool against all those lawsuits paid by taxpayers for their fuck ups.

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    2. Shut up you ignorant fool, you dont even know what you are talking about the police abuse human rights at certain times so shut up and stop spamming this comment section with the same comment all over again

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  3. I wonder how many DEFUND THE POLICE proponents are illegal drug users ???

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    1. Lol you're at 10:38am and 11:37am.. you're a extremely pathetic troll. Keep it up I'm sure you're convincing other idiots like yourself

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    2. @1:22 your the troll that probably wants crime and drugs just like in Mexico.

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    3. Defund means defunding certain aspects of police departments such as their blatant overspending on military toys and other junk they use to play pretend soldier. Create other departments for non violent or dangerous circumstances and give them the funds instead

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    4. @ 11:37 counting yourself maybe 2.

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    5. 336 then They should call it demilitarize the police NOT defund! Semantics are important believe it or not. You lose potential supporters by naming something wrong.

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    6. @1008 supporters? Who the fuck needs supporters. It is what it is, DEFUNDING the largest gang in the world.

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    7. Funds for pet projects buy Police Union support for corrupt politicians,
      and that practice MUST BE STOPPED COLD TURKEY...
      Police refuse to clean themselves, that is a corruption, no matter.what are the motivos, crooks have shelter there...

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  4. What a joke of a sentence.

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    1. So the joke of the sentence is.. he put the finger on people you dumbass. That’s how they get the numbers low on the sentence

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  5. But this doesn't happen in the USA.

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  6. St lou aint no joke when it comes to them keys alot of heavyhitters

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  7. This dude didn't make the lemonade smh..

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  8. The rap industry and the illegal narcotics industry go hand in hand

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  9. ALL drugs should be legalized and regulated like alcohol. Drug kingpins will crumble just like the alcohol kingpins did.

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    1. While private sectors of political associates reap the rewards. Like majority of big corporations and businesses in America. Furthering inequality & low wages. A problematic issue symbolizing the ruling classes.

      Many Marijuana dispensaries are racially disproportionately acquired. Leaving many of color within communities to struggle.

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    2. 11:06 I hate to inform you don't see the whole picture...They can resort to:
      Extortion
      Fuel Theft.
      Human Trafficking.
      Train Theft
      Land Theft.
      Kidnapping.
      Wake up and smell the roses.

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    3. Marc, I also believe we need to become a cashless society. Since cash is king to these fools let’s eliminate what they’re after and make every transaction traceable. Thoughts?

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    4. Time to eliminate cash.

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    5. 1216 and 1220 that is ignorant. Though I mainly abide by the law, I still don't want every single transaction i make monitored. Also what happens if a huge catastrophe occurs and all mobile systems are down? Might need that cash then

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    6. Declaring all currency money in the bank and property should be a requisite to ownership, no more secret trusts, new money should replace old money, and keep track of who exchange what where...
      Modi the prime minister of India did that when he got inaugurated
      to stop the BS from all fronts.

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  10. He was making money for the metros cdg. Good he got busted. That shit hurt their ass for a minute.

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    1. A minute and then it's back to business as usual. The block is hott🎵

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  11. 3:36 to demilitarize is what id wana believe too but what are people supposed to think when its said the goals are defunding of all police, you could forgive many average citizens for thinking that defund means to abolish police completely...have to agree with the other poster that semantics matter, call it for what it is unless the movement was started and funded by orgs and people who want to ensure any real effort to change things gets distorted and ultimately fails at achieving any real roll back of this push towards police state america. there is so much money i controlling the lives of people, whether by mandatory restriction of certain plants and substances, manadatory laws of otherwise nonviolent and personal at home choices, mandatory minimum sentences for violating said laws claiming that it is the people vs violator, so this is done in the peoples name, the excuse being health and safety of course hard one to stand against u can imagine, mandatory rehab and threat of deprivation of ones liberty for failing to comply...the real problem is that people have become accustomed to first allowing and eventually expecting their governments to do everything for them, this is the result. the government and its police never disliked something that gave then more control and allowed to make vast sums of money doing it. it will take a massive group effort to change things, starts with being up front with what it is that needs to change, one place to start is the desire of so many to micromanage everyones lives, the desire of mass conformity in personal habits, what ends up happening is one sset of laws unevenablly enforced not based on ethnicity so much as it is based on class and income status. what ur starting to see is a world where half the population polices or benefits off of policing the other half. state sanctioned violence? u betcha...think they are gona give up that control and power without a fight? not a chance. what may actually have a chance at changing things is if people see what morally and eventually finacially bankrupt of a nation awaits us if we continue down this path of robbing the neighbors because their dirty money was illegally gained but now its good clean money now that we have it, lets also confiscate all the property and then send the bill to the tax payer for the courts time to prosecute jails time and space to footlocker incarserat and oh yeah the cops time to execu..ahh shoot forgot to get a valid warrant oh well whose gona care anyway. well there ya have it boys and girls, carry on with your constructive back and forths, much respect to everyone for speaking to each other as eloquently and respectfully, intelligently constructive online as yal most certainly would as well in person. shows true character would ya agree? :)



    cheers to the day we have something to cheers to re: these topics...

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    1. Back in the day, Cuba made every citizen a police officer, mandatory, no pay...it worked...

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    2. Venezuelan National Militia just arrested the invading forces of the Liberation army of the plastic banana revolution of Guaido...they are all volunteers without pay, benefits or insurance who just don't want to lose their country again.

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