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St Louis drug smuggler confesses to murder of co-conspirator

October 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
St Louis drug smuggler confesses to murder of co-conspirator Photo by Robert Cohen (rcohen@post-dispatch.com)

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An accused drug dealer pleaded guilty on Monday to federal charges and confessed to his role in the slaying of a co-conspirator in St. Louis back in 2013.

In U.S. District Court, Cedric Miller pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana conspiracy charge and two counts of possessing a gun in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, one of which resulted in a murder, The St. Louis Dispatch reported.

Dean Hoag, Assistant U.S. Attorney, argued that Miller had been associated with weed smuggling since 2012, first working from Arizona to St. Louis, and then from Texas to St. Louis.

Miller was apprehended in Texas in 2012 with a firearm and eight packages of marijuana, according to Hoag, and then began to ship the marijuana in a plot involving fellow co-conspirator Mark Wells Jr.

However, postal inspectors began intercepting the bundles of cash and weed. Law enforcement officials also searched the homes of both Miller and Wells.

After Wells had agreed to cooperate with law enforcement, Miller and Johnnie Moore appeared on his doorstep in July of 2013. Reports indicate that the exchange became “heated,” and Moore and Miller opened fire.

Police found the 35-year-old victim was shot twice and toppled inside the home.

Investigators said gunmen proceeded to open fire, and  eventually recovered 22 shell casings at the scene of the shooting.  later seized both weapons, which consisted of a Kel Tec PLR .223-caliber pistol and a 45-caliber pistol.

Authorities later seized both weapons, which consisted of a Kel Tec PLR .223-caliber pistol and a 45-caliber pistol.

Law enforcement officials at the time said that two children were sleeping inside the apartment during the incident but were not injured.

Ahmad Sanders, Wells’ cousin, informed the Post-Dispatch that Wells had two sons, aged 8 and 12-years-old and that he and Wells intended to launch a lawn care company together.

Moore has pleaded not guilty.

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