Jailers Charged with Distributing Heroin to City Inmates


St. Louis Justice Center on Tucker Boulevard
  • St. Louis Justice Center on Tucker Boulevard
Three correction officers have been indicted for distributing drugs to inmates at the St. Louis City Justice Center. According to the U.S. Attorney Office for Eastern Missouri, the jailers delivered heroin to prisoners several times this year.

According to the indictment, James Lamont Moore, Peggy Lynn O'Neal and Marilyn Denise Brown were all corrections officers employed by the City of St. Louis at the City Justice Center. Between January and March 2009, on several occasions, the defendants received purported heroin from an individual outside of the Justice Center, along with cash payments, and secretly delivered the purported heroin to an inmate at the Justice Center.

Moore, 36, and Brown, 54, both of St. Louis, were each indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of attempted distribution of heroin; O'Neal, 48, St. Louis, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two felony counts of attempted distribution of heroin. They are expected to appear in federal court later today.

If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of twenty years and/or fines up to $1 million dollars.

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