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St. Peters Woman Had 12-Year-Old Brother Receive Pot Delivery, Police Say

Drug Task Force detectives said the woman and her boyfriend planned to deliver the package to an unidentified third party.

A 19-year-old St. Peters woman is accused of having her 12-year-old brother receive a package containing 15 pounds of marijuana, according to a St. Charles County Drug Task Force report.

Alana Howell, 19, of the 3900 block of Jaq-Mar Court in St. Peters, was charged Tuesday with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug-related items.

Drug Task Force detectives said Howell was paid $500 to receive a package. Howell told deputies she and her boyfriend, Joseph Zair-Hanks, were to take the package to an unidentified third party, who would sell the marijuana.

Detectives said Howell’s younger brother was to accept the package and call her on her cell phone once he got the package.

The investigation led to Howell’s boyfriend’s address in the 1800 block of Peach Street in St. Peters, where Howell occasionally lives with Zair-Hanks, detectives said.

Task Force members found syringes and spoons used to cook heroin. Detectives said Howell admitted she is a heroin addict.

Zair-Hanks is on probation after being found guilty in 2011 of distributing a controlled substance.

Howell was being held in St. Charles County jail on Wednesday. Bail was set at $75,000.

For more crime information on St. Peters Patch, see the following articles:

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Keepalowprofile February 02, 2013 at 06:37 PM
@smokey the bear. Poverty never forced anyone to break the law.
William Braudis February 02, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Well spoken Keepalowprofile. Smokey has blown too much Mary Jane up his anus, next he will tell us that poverty cause the start up of " Murder Inc. ".
ceecee March 25, 2013 at 05:01 AM
u all dont even know this girl she is a sweetheart and don't believe everything u stupid people read.cause this story is not even true i hope none of you ever ruin into any kind of trouble because for you to wish death on a 19 year old girl with a problem shows how ignorent u people are get a life
Keepalowprofile March 25, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Ummmm CeeCee, I just read every single comment and not a single one wished her death.
Fred Oompahloompah May 06, 2013 at 06:18 PM
CC, your comment needs some serious grammar adjustments for it to be taken seriously by anyone who could read and understand it! Please have someone edit your comments or better yet, write them for "U". Signed "ignorant u people"!!!!

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