St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A former sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was sentenced Monday to 57 months in prison on federal drug charges, US Attorney Richard Callahan said.
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, a 22-year police veteran, 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. He also failed to submit police reports regarding the package seizures in order to cover those criminal actions.
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 St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department suspended Sgt. Davis from the police force on January 11 upon learning of the allegations against him.
Larry Davis pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
As part of their guilty pleas, both Larry and Linus Davis agreed to forfeit two vehicles used in their criminal conspiracy and any cash seized during a search of Larry Davis' residence.