St. Louis news: Man sentenced for role in years-long drug ring
The court found that Robert Hill was responsible for more than 90 kilograms of heroin for more than two years
ST. LOUIS – A man who police said had participated in an illegal drug operation in the St. Louis area for years was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday.
According to a press release from US attorney Sayler Fleming, Robert Hill was sentenced to 25 years in prison by US District Judge Ronnie L. White on Monday. Hill was convicted of gun and drug charges in September 2020.
Police said they began the investigation in 2013 when they were called into a house on the 11000 block of Criterion Avenue and found blood smears and a sign of a struggle. While searching the house, police found Hill’s fingerprints and more than 63 weapons. Hill, a previously convicted felon, was linked to the house by local security and other evidence.
More than two years later, a police officer spotted Hill acting strangely in a van in Clayton. When the officer ran through the license plates, the officer found that Hill had an active warrant for his arrest. Hill ran through a residential area in front of the policeman before the policeman caught him. Police said he had a backpack with more than $ 77,000 in cash, a drug book and four cell phones.
The press release said evidence presented in court had shown the jury that he was involved in the large-scale drug conspiracy in the years between the incidents. Prosecutors said wiretaps showed Hill negotiated and procured several kilograms of heroin weekly for distribution and sale in the St. Louis area.
The court found that Hill was responsible for over 90 kilograms of heroin and owned firearms in connection with the crime.
On September 16, he was convicted of a conspiracy he wanted to own to distribute heroin and cocaine and a number of criminals in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshal’s Service, the St. Louis County Police Department, and the Clayton Police Department are investigating the case.