St. Louis Rappers Among Those Federally Indicted for Fentanyl dispensing | St. Louis Metro News | St. Louis | St. Louis News and Events

St. Louis Rappers Among Those Federally Indicted for Fentanyl dispensing | St. Louis Metro News | St. Louis | St. Louis News and Events




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Andre “Luh Half” Pearson (left in white hoodie) and Davante “Jizzle Buckz” Lindsey (right white hoodie) are accused of running a fentanyl ring.

On Wednesday, the federal government indicted seven more defendants for allegedly running a St. Louis area fentanyl dispensing ring. This brings the total number indicted to 14.

The original indictment was served in April and included local rappers Davante “Jizzle Buckz” Lindsey, 25, and Andre “Luh Half” Pearson, 25, of St. Louis and St. Louis County respectively. On Wednesday Edward “Edot” Hopkins, 20, was additional to the superseding indictment.

Lindsey, who has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram, has rapped before about beating court situations, as was the case in his song “What’s Next.” Pearson, wearing a white hoodie that equaled Lindsey’s, was also in the video, dancing exuberantly beside Jizzle Buckz.

The defendants confront felony charges of conspiring to spread fentanyl. Some are also charged with fentanyl possession, fentanyl dispensing, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, conspiracy to tamper with a observe, or other crimes.

During the investigation, officers and agents seized nine pistols, two vehicles and more than $84,000 in cash.

Prosecutors allege that Lindsey and Pearson are leaders of the 55 Boyz, an organization along the Interstate 55 corridor that allegedly traffics drugs and is responsible for gun violence throughout St. Louis. Pearson and Lindsey use 55 Boys chains in their music videos “Half Back” and “What’s Next” (above).

The others indicted are Tony Evans, 32, Araven Johnson, 27, Douglas Simpson, 33, of Normandy, Jeffrey Moore, 24, of Riverview, Shawn Liggins, 20, of Wellston, Omar Lewis, 21, Willie Lindsey, 42, Jamond “Huncho” Dismukes, 21, Travon Weatherspoon, 31, Birtha Lindsey, 41, and Erik Simmons, 28.

The investigation was carried out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Szczucinski is prosecuting the case.



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