St. Louis police Sgt. Larry Davis and brother plead "not guilty" on federal drug charges

10:16 AM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and his brother pleaded "not guilty" Monday after being indicted last week on federal drug charges.

According to court documents, a federal grand jury indicted Sgt. Larry Davis and his brother, Linus, on January 18 on one felony count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Larry Davis, 46, was arrested at his home on the morning of January 19. Linus Davis, 42, surrendered to authorities later that day.

Sgt. Davis had been assigned as a supervisory sergeant to the Central Patrol Division-Special Operations Group, responsible for conducting investigations into illegal gang activities and drug distribution.

The indictment alleges that between October 1, 2010 and January 10, 2012, Larry Davis visited several package delivery company branch facilities in the St. Louis area and seized packages suspected of containing marijuana. Instead of taking those packages to the police department or to the police laboratory, Davis took the packages to his residence on Eichelberger.

Larry Davis and his brother opened the packages and removed the marijuana, which they later sold and distributed for their own personal gain, prosecutors said.

The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of two vehicles used by the brothers in their conspiracy.

If convicted, each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department suspended Sgt. Davis from the police force on January 11, upon learning of the allegations against him.

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