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Man called 'cocaine kingpin' pleads guilty in federal court

Man called 'cocaine kingpin' pleads guilty in federal court

May 5th, 2019 by Associated Press in Missouri News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man described by federal prosecutors as a "cocaine kingpin" has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Adrian Lemons, of St. Louis, and an associate, Virgil Sims, of Kennett, Missouri, both pleaded guilty Friday to one count of cocaine conspiracy. The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis is recommending a 20-year sentence for Lemons and a five-year sentence for Sims.

Lemons worked with a Mexican cartel from 2012-16 to bring in and distribute large amounts of cocaine in St. Louis and elsewhere. Sims was a dealer who sold cocaine in St. Louis and southeast Missouri.

Federal prosecutors said during the investigation they seized weapons, cocaine and more than $1.3 million.

The men are among 34 defendants named in indictments related to drug trafficking and violence, including several killings.