Andre "Luh Half" Pearson (left in white hoodie) and Davante "Jizzle Buckz" Lindsey (right white hoodie) are accused of running a fentanyl ring.
On Wednesday, the federal government indicted seven more defendants for allegedly running a St. Louis area fentanyl distribution ring. This brings the total number indicted to 14.
The original indictment was served in April and included local rappers Davante "Jizzle Buckz" Lindsey, 25, and Andre "Luh Half" Pearson, 25, of St. Louis and St. Louis County respectively. On Wednesday Edward "Edot" Hopkins, 20, was added to the superseding indictment.
Lindsey, who has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram, has rapped previously about beating court cases, as was the case in his song "What's Next." Pearson, wearing a white hoodie that matched Lindsey's, was also in the video, dancing exuberantly beside Jizzle Buckz.
The defendants face felony charges of conspiring to distribute fentanyl. Some are also charged with fentanyl possession, fentanyl distribution, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, conspiracy to tamper with a witness, or other crimes.
During the investigation, officers and agents seized nine pistols, two vehicles and more than $84,000 in cash.
Prosecutors allege that Lindsey and Pearson are leaders of the 55 Boyz, an organization along the Interstate 55 corridor that allegedly traffics drugs and is responsible for gun violence throughout St. Louis. Pearson and Lindsey wear 55 Boys chains in their music videos "Half Back" and "What's Next" (above).
The others indicted are Tony Evans, 32, Araven Johnson, 27, Douglas Simpson, 33, of Normandy, Jeffrey Moore, 24, of Riverview, Shawn Liggins, 20, of Wellston, Omar Lewis, 21, Willie Lindsey, 42, Jamond “Huncho” Dismukes, 21, Travon Weatherspoon, 31, Birtha Lindsey, 41, and Erik Simmons, 28.
The investigation was carried out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Szczucinski is prosecuting the case.
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Rosalind is the editor-in-chief of the Riverfront Times. She formerly worked for Washington University's alumni magazine and St. Louis Magazine. In 2018, she was selected as a Rising Leader of Color by the Theatre Communications Group. In 2014, she was selected as an Emerging Leader by FOCUS St. Louis. Her work...