Federal Charges Filed Against St. Louis Woman Linked to Multiple Overdose Deaths | USAO-EDMO

ST. LOUIS — On February 8, 2022, federal charges were filed against 46-year-old Chuny Ann Reed. Reed is charged with distributing crack (base cocaine) and fentanyl. These charges are the result of an investigation that began after a series of fatal overdoses occurred at 4451 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri on February 5, 2022.

According to the charging documents, on February 5, 2022, law enforcement was notified of a series of suspected fentanyl-related overdoses that occurred at 4451 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, located in the Eastern District of Missouri. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigators responded to assist the SLMPD in the investigation.

At least nine victims have been determined to have overdosed on fentanyl at 4451 Forest Park Avenue on the day in question. Investigators further determined that five of the nine victims died as a result. Agents and detectives have developed information that Chuny Reed was distributing crack cocaine on February 5, 2022 from his residence at 4451 Forest Park Avenue.

Investigators learned that CCTV footage from inside the apartment complex was available through the SLMPD Real Time Crime Center because the apartment complex is affiliated with the St. Louis Housing Authority. While reviewing the previously mentioned surveillance footage, investigators observed a black man arriving at Reed’s apartment on February 5, 2022. The black man entered Reed’s apartment apartment and stayed for several minutes. He then left and went straight back to his apartment. Later that day, this individual was found dead in his apartment from an apparent overdose. At the scene of the overdose death, investigators recovered and seized a crack pipe with traces of a suspected controlled substance inside the pipe. This evidence was brought to the SLMPD Crime Laboratory for analysis on February 6, 2022. Investigators received an analysis report confirming that the trace substance found on the pipe was in fact a mixture of fentanyl and cocaine base , two Schedule II controlled substances.

On February 7, 2022, a federal search warrant was executed at Reed’s residence, where she was located and later arrested.

Additional federal charges will be considered upon completion of the ongoing investigation as well as upcoming investigative and toxicology reports from the Office of the Medical Examiner.

The charges laid are only accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Any defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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