Federal prosecutors say they have dismantled a criminal ring that allegedly distributed at least $18 million worth of synthetic drugs across the country over the last three years.
Six federal and ten local agencies participated in the investigation, which special agent James P. Shrouba, the head of the St. Louis office of the Drug Enforcement Agency, said took down an entire organization from the producers to the retailers. Twenty-eight people from Illinois, Arizona, Missouri and Indiana were either arrested or surrendered to authorities.
Updated with comments for U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan and public safety director Eddie Roth.
The federal government is accusing a building inspector of the city of St. Louis for accepting bribes.
Anthony D. Davis was indicted on Wednesday. It was not made public until his arrest this morning.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Davis accepted more than $2,000 in cash payments in connection with his official duties, which include inspecting buildings and issuing permits. The two bribes allegedly occurred in July and August of last year.