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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Jeffrey B. Jensen
, United States Attorney

Four Individuals Indicted on Charges of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Meth and Burglary in Jefferson County

St. Louis, MO – Kathleen Marie Hydar, 30; Courtney Anarian Brown, 36; Paris John Earnest Devine, 25; and Raymond Christopher Seay, 39; were indicted today on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

 

According to the indictment, Brown and Devine were further charged with discharging a firearm that resulted in the death of Ramone Thomas, of St. Louis, on October 11, 2017.  Ramone Thomas had been a participant in an attempted burglary of a trailer located at 765 Chancellor Lane in Jefferson County, Missouri when he was killed.  Devine is further charged with an armed carjacking that occurred on September 28, 2017 in the City of St. Louis.

 

The owner of that trailer, Chad Coffman, 36, has been charged separately for possession with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

Hydar is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; Brown is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime resulting in death; Devine is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one count of carjacking; and Seay is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

 

If convicted, the charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000,000 fine; the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime resulting in death carries a penalty of death or life in prison and a $250,000 fine; the charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence carries a minimum penalty of 7 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and the charge of carjacking carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

 

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Major Case Squad and the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Angie Danis is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

As is always the case, charges set forth in the complaint are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

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