St. Louis – Deandre J. White, 24, of St. Louis, Missouri, was charged by a federal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. White will appear in court on Friday, August 14, 2020, for his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate David D. Noce.
According to the criminal complaint and motion seeking detention, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives executed a search warrant at White’s residence on August 12, 2020. Officers located an Alien Armory Tactical, model AAT-15, .223 caliber pistol and ammunition, along with approximately 200 capsules of suspected fentanyl and drug packaging paraphernalia. During the last several months, White has been engaged in consistent and routine distribution of fentanyl and sales of firearms. During the course of their investigation, ATF agents have conducted numerous controlled purchases of both fentanyl and firearms from White. During many of these transactions, White was armed with a gun. In addition to the instant offense, White has been charged in St. Louis County with Unlawful Use of a Weapon for a shooting that occurred on April 21, 2020 (20SL-CR01697). On April 26, 2020, White was arrested in Bridgeton for being in possession of fentanyl and a firearm.
This is 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Catherine Hoag is handling this case.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.