Drug Trafficking Murderers

confiscated packages of cocaine on tables

In late 2001 the homicide rate in Saint Louis rose at an alarming rate. Police determined that the rate increase was not result of a surge in the number of crimes of passion or even acts of random violence. Rather, the increase was the result of drug-related violence committed by organized drug traffickers. Approximately 70 percent of all homicides had a definite drug nexus, as the victim, the perpetrator, or both had prior felony drug arrests. Homicides and associated violent crimes were directly linked to a cadre of entrenched violent drug trafficking organizations.