Springfield Man Faces 20 Years in Prison for Heroin Conspiracy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Springfield man pleaded guilty in federal court today to leading a conspiracy that distributed at least a kilogram of heroin in the Springfield area.

Roosevelt Simpson, 60, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of conspiracy to distribute at least a kilogram of heroin and to one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Simpson admitted that he was a leader in the drug-trafficking conspiracy from Sept. 1, 2012, to April 3, 2017. Simpson purchased heroin from Chicago, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., which was transported to Springfield by vehicle. Simpson supplied heroin to other mid-level dealers, including co-defendants Romele E. Freeman, 53, and Kenneth M. Smith, 60, both of Springfield. Freeman and Smith, in turn, supplied other heroin dealers. Co-defendant Najee Boston, 37, of Springfield, personally transported heroin from St. Louis and also supplied Smith. Freeman, Smith and Boston also have pleaded guilty.

During the course of the investigation, agents were able to infiltrate the drug-trafficking organization and buy heroin directly from Simpson and others. Tuesday’s plea agreement cites several instances of undercover officers purchasing heroin from Simpson.

Under the terms of Tuesday's plea agreement, Simpson will be sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

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