St. Louis property owner pleads guilty to federal drug crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

As readers may recall, in January, we wrote about a St. Louis man who was accused of owning and operating land that was used for drug transactions. He previously maintained his innocence against the drug offenses. However, he recently pleaded guilty to growing marijuana on his property.

The 44-year-old Missouri man hosted music festivals called “Schwagstock” and “Spookstock” on the nearly 350 acres of land he had purchased and named Camp Zoe. Between 2004 and 2010, thousands of people visited the property.

In 2006, two people were arrested for selling mushrooms on the property. This launched an investigation spanning the following four years. In this timeframe, undercover agents claim to have made more than 150 purchases of illegal drugs. Officers say they saw between 100 and 200 drug dealers on the property during the music festivals.

Although the consequences for this type of federal crime can come with serious consequences, the man was able to reach a plea agreement. According to his agreement, he pleaded guilty to the felony charge of maintaining a drug involved premises. In exchange for that admission, prosecutors agreed that the man did not sell or use drugs himself but that he made his property available to other drug users and sellers.

Along with the above agreement, the man received a significantly limited prison sentence. He will be sentenced to 30 months in prison and is also forfeiting 350 acres of his property. Although these consequences may seem serious at first glance, the man’s situation following trial could have been worse. His official sentencing will take place in early September.

Source: KSDK, “James Tebeau pleads guilty to federal drug charges,” Kevin Held, June 12, 2012