St. Louis man pleads guilty to heroin trafficking

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A St. Louis man appeared in federal court Tuesday and admitted his role in a drug trafficking operation in the Springfield, Missouri area.

Prosecutors for the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri said Alphonso Battle, 55, sold and distributed heroin from September 1, 2012 to April 3, 2017.

Battle told the court about a specific incident in which he traveled from St. Louis to Springfield on April 6, 2016 to deliver heroin to a co-defendant, identified as Roosevelt Simpson.

Federal agents were monitoring Simpson’s home when Battle arrived around 10 p.m. According to court documents, Battle was seen getting something out of his suitcase to take to Simpson and then agents attempted to arrest him.

The fight raged through Simpson’s neighbor’s backyard to avoid authorities. Hours later he was arrested.

The next morning, Simpson’s neighbor called local police and told them he’d found a double-bottomed canister in his yard. A police officer went to the house to get the canister and found 63 grams of heroin and 72 capsules of Dormin (a known filler).

Simpson was arrested and later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in drugs and possession of a firearm to further a drug trafficking felony. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole.

Battle, for his part, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy. He faces between five and 40 years in prison without parole. His sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the US Parole Board completes a pre-sentencing investigation.

Prosecutors said Battle is the eighth and final defendant in the case to plead guilty. The other seven co-defendants all pleaded guilty and have already been convicted.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/st-louis-man-pleads-guilty-to-heroin-trafficking/ St. Louis man pleads guilty to heroin trafficking

Sarah Y. Kim

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