ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Federal prosecutors believe a drug trafficking ring is responsible for at least four murders, possibly 17, over the past fourteen years across the St. Louis area.
Fourteen people were charged with various drug trafficking offenses, violent crimes and murders. Those in custody are from the St. Louis area, Texas and Mexico.
The 20-count indictment claims Anthony Jordan, 29, is behind several of the murders, including Clara Walker, a grandmother who was killed by a stray bullet in 2013.
The arrests are part of an on-going effort by the Mission SAVE Initiative. SAVE or Strike Against Violence Early, is a collaboration between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office.
Established in December 2014, the program aims to reduce violent crime in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
The people charged are:
Jose Alfredo Velazquez, 55, Texas
Adrian Lemons, 37
Anthony Jordan, 29
Dwayne Rainey, 44
Juan Ramon Garza, 57, Texas
Luis Fernando Cantu, 54, Texas
Laron Coleman, 36
Louis Felton, 35
Clarence Miller, 61
Demetrius O’Neal, 40
Maurice Woodson, 29
Gregory Knox, 39
Larry Boyd, 31
Gloria Ward, 27
The charges are accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and or until proven guilty.