Man Admits Methamphetamine Sales, Gun Charge
Arrested Wearing Ballistic Vest Labeled "Police"
ST. LOUIS - A man arrested at a St. Charles County, Mo., motel with an assault rifle and a ballistic vest labeled "Police" pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges Thursday.
Brett A. Stone, 42, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel to two counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
On July 7, 2020 members of the St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force learned that Stone was selling drugs at a St. Charles County motel and had a gun. Investigators conducted surveillance and saw Stone walking around the outside of the hotel, carrying an assault-type weapon and wearing a ballistic vest with the words “Police” on the back, Stone’s plea agreement says.
The investigators then detained someone who left Stone’s hotel room and found about 12 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.
Stone was taken into custody outside his hotel room, and a woman who told authorities she was there to buy methamphetamine was arrested inside the room. A court-authorized search of that room found a stolen AR-15 rifle, a shotgun, a muzzle loader pistol, the ballistic vest, ammunition, a money counter, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Stone was released while charges were being sought.
Stone is scheduled to be sentenced June 1. The methamphetamine charges each carry a potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both. The gun charge carries a penalty of at least five years in prison.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force investigated the case.