Leader of drug trafficking conspiracy pleads guilty
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Federal prosecutors say the suburban St. Louis leader of a drug trafficking conspiracy has pleaded guilty to drug crimes and use of firearms resulting in death.
Dionne Lamont Gatling of St. Charles pleaded guilty Tuesday and is expected to face 27 years in prison at sentencing in May. He is 53.
The U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis says Gatling led an organization that brought heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs to the region from 2009 to 2014. He also admitted arranging the murders of two men.
Theodis Howard was killed in 2010 in retaliation for cooperating in a drug trafficking investigation against Gatling’s brother. Prosecutors say Gatling directed another man to kill Terrance Morgan in 2013 in an effort to prevent Morgan from cooperating in the investigation against Gatling.