Richard Callahan

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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The law continues to play a central role in the controversy over Missouri’s execution methods. On Friday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state is not required to reveal the name of the pharmacy supplying it with execution drugs.

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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.

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Updated at 9:10 p.m. and bumped up for visibility

Roger Wilson pleaded guilty late Thursday afternoon to a single count of misappropriation from an insurance company. His sentencing is set for July 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Our earlier story:

The former head of the Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company has been indicted for allegedly misappropriating $5,000 from the state-created workers compensation company.

(St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections)

One of two brothers who owned the auto services contract giant US Fidelis has pleaded guilty to federal charges - just four days after admitting to a series of state charges.

Darain Atkinson, 47, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one felony count of filing false tax returns. 

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The brother of a St. Louis police officer has admitted his role in a scheme to divert seized evidence in drug cases for distribution and sale.

Linus R. Davis pleaded guilty on Friday to one felony count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

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A doctor from rural central Missouri faces four federal felonies for allegedly selling drugs, including narcotics and anti-depressants.

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Updated 11:39 a.m. with story including guilty plea

The mayor of the impoverished St. Louis County town of Kinloch faces sentencing in November after pleading guilty to three federal charges.

Keith Conway admitted in his plea that he used city money for things such as Caribbean cruises, a time-share condominium in Florida and even to pay electric bills and delinquent income taxes.

He was indicted in the spring for wire fraud, federal program theft and witness tampering.

Updated 5:08 p.m.

Aaron Reid, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing information related to the 2008 bombing of a Clayton, Mo. parking garage.

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A former St. Louis Democratic political operative has been indicted in connection with a 2008 Clayton bombing that injured a lawyer.

After nearly a three-year investigation federal attorneys are accusing Milton “Skip” Ohlsen III of trying to kill his ex-wife’s divorce attorney.  

Ohlsen is already serving time on unrelated charges for mortgage fraud and illegal possession of a firearm.

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