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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Missouri
Sayler A. Fleming, United States Attorney
Contact: Robert Patrick,
For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 18, 2024

St. Louis County Man Who Absconded From Federal Supervision Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison

ST. LOUIS — U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk on Thursday sentenced a fentanyl dealer who absconded from federal supervision after his guilty plea to 51 months in prison.

Theodise D. Perkins, 23, of Florissant, Missouri, pleaded guilty on May 18, 2022, to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. He admitted being caught with a stolen .45-caliber pistol, 19.77 grams of fentanyl in capsules and baggies and $1,004 during a traffic stop in St. Louis on March 4, 2020. The driver of the vehicle in which Perkins was riding led police on an extended car chase, and Perkins attempted to flee on foot before being taken into custody, throwing away a loaded gun in the process.

Following his guilty plea, Perkins was allowed to remain out on bond. He repaid this trust by absconding from pretrial supervision and failing to show up for his sentencing hearing. He was arrested June 27, 2023, and has been held in jail since that time. The recommended sentencing guidelines for Perkins were 21 months higher than they would have been had he not fled supervision.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the St. Louis County Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Missouri Department of Public Safety investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Bluestone prosecuted the case.


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