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Man Arrested for Part in 'Intricate' Interstate Drug Scheme

St. Charles detectives say Cody Batchelor is a key part of a group that's been shipping marijuana from California to Missouri for years. Batchelor is the third person arrested in connection with shipping 15 pounds of marijuana from California to St

A third person has been arrested in connection with shipping 15 pounds of marijuana from California to St. Peters.

The St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force said in a court document that Cody Batchelor is “an intricate part of a group that has been shipping large quantities of marijuana from California to Missouri for years.”

Batchelor, 23, was charged Friday with distributing a controlled substance.

Two people who are accused of accepting the marijuana delivery, Alana Howell and Joseph Zair-Hanks, told investigators Batchelor enlisted them to accept the delivery to help pay off a drug debt they owed him.

Detectives reported that they learned Batchelor had returned to Missouri from California, and he was located and arrested.

During questioning, Batchelor told Drug Task Force investigators he was involved in shipping marijuana to Missouri, but he was “not the main guy.” He refused to elaborate until he was “offered a deal.”

Drug Task Force detectives said Batchelor also had outstanding warrants on a drug felony and a traffic violation from 2010. Detectives said it’s believed Batchelor left Missouri to avoid prosecution on those charges.

Batchelor’s address was listed as being in the 4200 block of Chisholm Trail Drive south of St. Peters.

Batchelor is being held in St. Charles County jail. Bail was set at $35,000.

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

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effyouguys April 05, 2013 at 04:26 PM
This is a sick joke. Joe and alana are known heroin addicts, they are obviously desperately fabricating things to shift the blame so they can get back to their precious drugs. How the police let those two back on the streets is what is really disgusting and terrifying. How much do you want to bet they are using right now, selling it to your kids.
Joe Scott April 16, 2013 at 03:57 AM
I updated this after Cody Batchelor contacted me via email. Batchelor said he did not tell investigators anything, but kept asking for an attorney until they left him alone.

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