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United States District Court Thomas F. Eagleton.

A 58-year-old California man was sentenced today to 30 years in federal court in St. Louis for drug trafficking and money laundering.

In February, Lester “Unc” Bull pleaded guilty to a slew of charges and admitted to being part of a conspiracy that brought at least 100 kilograms of marijuana to the St. Louis area.

Bull claimed to have no involvement in the distribution of harder drugs, but Judge Stephen R. Clark found those claims “not credible,” according to a statement released this afternoon by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“In addition to the marijuana, Judge Clark found Bull responsible for 20 kilograms of methamphetamine, 5 kilograms of cocaine and 2.5 kilograms of fentanyl,” the statement said.

The operation was first suspected in 2016 when the United States Postal Inspection Service began investigating money orders purchased in the St. Louis area and used to transfer money to California.

Bull was arrested in October 2020 when investigators observed another individual believed to be part of the conspiracy leaving a home in Ferguson owned by Bull with 445 grams of methamphetamine.

Bull ran when investigators approached him. He jumped into a stream and was later discovered hiding in a doghouse several blocks away.

A large amount of money, drugs and weapons were recovered from Ferguson’s house which was under surveillance.

A few days later, a search of the house where Bull was staying revealed more drugs and weapons. Authorities also found “drug records” showing Bull sold more than 500 pounds of marijuana in 2019 and 2020.

Four other individuals associated with the plot have pleaded guilty. Two of whom have still not been convicted.

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