Man pleads guilty to intent to distribute fentanyl

Investigators discovered a clear plastic bag with 69 smaller plastic bags containing fentanyl in the suspect’s vehicle

ST. LOUIS – A United States district judge sentenced a St. Louis man to 75 months in prison Tuesday.

Larry Wilkins, 38, pleaded guilty to a property census with intent to distribute fentanyl.

According to the press release, FBI agents investigated and identified Wilkins and three co-defendants as fentanyl dealers back in October 2017.

The court then approved the installation of a GPS tracker in a vehicle that was being driven by one of Wilkins’ co-defendants. As a result, investigators discovered that the tracked vehicle, along with several other vehicles, often stopped at a house on the 2,400 block off Sweet Lane in Waynesville, Missouri.

A search warrant for the house was approved on February 14, 2018. It was revealed that Wilkins and a co-defendant were using the house to distribute narcotics, including fentanyl, in Waynesville.

A few months later, in October, investigators learned that Wilkins was distributing fentanyl in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 10,000 block of Sheffingdel Court in St. Louis. That same month, investigators saw a loaded Remington RP45 semi-automatic pistol in a Cadillac that Wilkin was driving. Wilkins and a passenger were removed from the vehicle, and investigators discovered a clear plastic bag protruding from an opening in the back of the console containing 69 smaller plastic bags of fentanyl.

The FBI, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, and the St. Louis County Police Department are investigating the case.

“Working with other agencies is paying off and helping rid our communities of drugs and illegal firearms possession,” said Jimmy Bench, Pulaski County sheriff.

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