Federal charges filed on interstate marijuana trafficking organization

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 3:45 p.m. CDT; updated 4:12 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 10, 2010

ST. LOUIS — Federal authorities in St. Louis said 24 people from Missouri, Arizona and Oklahoma are facing drug-related charges for their role in an interstate marijuana trafficking organization.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis announced the arrests onThursday. A federal indictment alleges that 36-year-old David Ingram Henderson of Maryland Heights is the leader of an organization that, starting in 2006, transported bulk quantities of marijuana from Arizona to St. Louis.

Henderson did not have a known phone listing, and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Members of the conspiracy are also accused of operating indoor marijuana growing operations at various locations in the St. Louis area.

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