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A 58-year-old California man today received a 30-year sentence in St. Louis Federal Court for drug trafficking and money laundering.

In February, Lester “Unc” Bull pleaded guilty to a series 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 not to be involved in the distribution of harder drugs, but Judge Stephen R. Clark found these claims “not credible,” according to a statement released this afternoon by the US Attorney’s Office.

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

Suspicion first fell on the operation in 2016 when the US Postal Inspection Service began investigating money orders purchased in the St. Louis area that were used to transfer money to California.

Bull was arrested in October 2020 when investigators observed another person suspected of being part of the conspiracy leaving a Ferguson home owned by Bull with 445 grams of methamphetamine.

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

A large amount of money, drugs and weapons were recovered from the Ferguson home that was being watched.

A few days later, a search of the house where Bull resided turned up more drugs and weapons. Authorities also found “drug records” indicating that Bull had sold more than 500 pounds of marijuana in 2019 and 2020.

Four other people associated with the conspiracy have pleaded guilty. Two of which remain to be sentenced.

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