ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Federal agents unsealed indictments this week involving a drug ring bust that may be linked to 17 murders in the St. Louis area. Community leaders and residents where some of the crimes occurred are speaking out.
According to court records, at least 18 people face federal charges in what the feds call a major cocaine trafficking ring linked to St. Louis homicides. Authorities said one of the victims was an innocent grandmother.
The ring was also responsible for at least four murders in the last five years and as many as 17, with authorities calling it a “murderous illegal drug trade in St. Louis.” The indictment described the drug ring rooted in St. Louis, Texas, and Mexico. Of the 18 people indicted, 14 have been taken into custody.
Some community leaders said they’re glad the bad guys are behind bars.
“It affects 100 percent of the community and it scares the devil out of people,” said Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. “So many folks in my ward are seniors over the age of 75 and 85, and when violence happens it scares them.”
The indictments claim that Anthony Jordan is behind several of the murders, including the killing of 51-year-old Clara Walker, a mother and grandmother. Walker was killed when a stray bullet went into her own home near the 4000 block of Peck in north St. Louis. Residents who knew Walker said the arrest brings some closure to the family.