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The arms trade turns into a police chase, men plead guilty

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis County man admitted Thursday that he was involved in a 2019 arms deal and police chase.

The Justice Department said Michael Joseph Monroe, 25, has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to possess a drug trafficking firearm.

On August 21, 2019, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the St. Louis County Police Department, launched an investigation to capture Monroe. The joint team saw Monroe selling a 9mm pistol for $325 to someone near a market in Dellwood.

Treyvon Perry, 20, was armed in Monroe’s black Audi A6. Investigators learned that just before the gun shop, Perry fired many shots at another car on westbound I-270 near Old Halls Ferry Road. The victim’s vehicle was hit six times, including three times under the driver’s left door.

Police soon recovered the Audi and Monroe fled, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour in a chase that lasted about 12 miles before crashing. During the chase, Monroe pushed a marked police vehicle off the road.

Police found fentanyl, cocaine base, oxycodone and a mix of other drugs in the car, as well as a single bullet.

Perry pleaded guilty to the same charges as Monroe in July. He is due to be sentenced on October 27. Monroe is scheduled to be sentenced on December 20.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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