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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty in Kidnapping-For-Marijuana Plot

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 4:22 PM

click to enlarge A second suspect in a kidnapping plot has pleaded guilty. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR/DAVE NAKAYAMA
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  • A second suspect in a kidnapping plot has pleaded guilty.
A second suspect in a cross-country kidnapping scheme has pleaded guilty.

Damarcus "Mez" Boyd, 31, of East St. Louis was part of a trio of crooks who lured a San Diego man to St. Louis with the promise of a major marijuana deal and then held him hostage while they demanded a ransom of $100,000 and weed from the victim's father, authorities say.



click to enlarge Ortega "Munk Milano" Mitchell helped orchestrate a cross-country kidnapping plot, authorities say. - IMAGE VIA FBI
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  • Ortega "Munk Milano" Mitchell helped orchestrate a cross-country kidnapping plot, authorities say.
Boyd and another man, Ortega "Munk Milano" Mitchell, picked up the victim in September 2015 at the airport and took him to a house in Illinois. A third defendant, 26-year-old Darius Rose, was waiting inside with an assault rifle, according to prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

See Also: Fugitive in Cross-County Kidnapping Plot Arrested in Metro East

Boyd bound the victim's legs and feet with duct tape. They held the man for five days, occasionally calling his father with their demands. But their dreams of cash and pot never materialized. Finally, on September 30, 2015, they drove the victim to south St. Louis and dropped him off near Columbia and Hampton avenues.

Boyd and Rose were arrested last year. Mitchell was taken into custody in June following a months-long manhunt. He pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to kidnap.

Boyd has pleaded guilty to the same charge. They each face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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