St. Louis – Troy Jackson, 28, of St. Louis, Missouri, was charged by a federal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to the criminal complaint, on July 2, 2020, a felony arrest warrant was issued for Jackson by the State of Missouri Probation and Parole for violating his parole, following his imprisonment on burglary first degree charges. Jackson was also wanted on murder first degree and armed criminal action charges in relation to a homicide occurring during June, 2020. Further, Jackson was wanted on assault second and assault third charges arising from a separate incident.
During their investigation into Jackson’s whereabouts, on August 9, 2020 investigators learned that Jackson was at the Best Western St. Louis Inn on Heimos Industrial Park Drive, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Upon arriving at the hotel, law enforcement officers confirmed that Jackson was staying in a room at the hotel, having registered under a false name. Once the officers entered the hotel room, they located Jackson inside the room holding the magazine of a gun. A Mossberg 9mm pistol was nearby, on a table in plain view in the room. The magazine that Jackson was holding appeared to be compatible with the 9mm pistol on the table.
Located in a closet of the hotel room was a distribution amount of fentanyl, along with empty capsules in a nightstand. Jackson admitted possession of the pistol and fentanyl, and confessed to being a drug dealer.
“I stand in awe at the great teamwork of the men and women of the U.S. Marshals Metropolitan Fugitive Task Force. Once again the partnership forged with municipal, county, state, and federal task officers working side by side led to the apprehension of this dangerous felon without incident.” John Jordan US Marshal
This investigation is part of Operation LeGend which is a federal partnership with local law enforcement to address the increase in homicides and violent crime in St. Louis in 2020. The operation honors the memory of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, one of the youngest fatalities during a record-breaking year of homicides and shootings. Additional federal agents were assigned to the operation from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
These charges are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service Metropolitan Fugitive Apprehension Task Force and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.