United States vs. Troy Jackson
“The goal of Operation Legend is to take violent criminals off the
streets so long term, community-wide efforts to make St. Louis a safer
place can take hold,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen for the Eastern
District of Missouri. “Troy Jackson is one of approximately 370
arrested so far. Many more arrests and charges will follow.”
Troy Jackson, 28, was indicted on Aug. 9, 2020, with being a
felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute
the deadly opioid fentanyl, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a
drug trafficking crime.
According to charging documents, Jackson was wanted for first-degree
murder and armed criminal action related to a homicide in June 2020;
wanted for second and third degree assault arising from a separate
incident; and on July 2, 2020, a felony arrest warrant was issued for
Jackson for violating his parole stemming from a 2013 conviction for
It is alleged that an investigation into Jackson led investigators to
a hotel in St. Louis on Aug. 9, 2020. Law enforcement officers,
working with the U.S. Marshals Service, found Jackson at the hotel in a
room holding the magazine of a Mossberg 9mm pistol, which was located
nearby in a plain view on a table. While in the hotel room, law
enforcement seized approximately five grams of fentanyl and drug
paraphernalia, as well as the pistol.
Because of a previous felony conviction punishable by more than one
year in prison, Jackson is prohibited from possessing firearms.
The details contained in the charging document are allegations. The
defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a
reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Background on Operation Legend
President Trump promised to assist America’s cities that have been
plagued by violence. In July, Attorney General William P. Barr announced
the launch of Operation Legend,
a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative
across all federal law enforcement agencies working in conjunction with
state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime in
cities across America that were experiencing an uptick in violence.
Operation Legend is named after four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was
shot and killed on June 29th in Kansas City, Missouri, while asleep in
Operation Legend was launched in Kansas City, Mo., on July 8, 2020, and expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque on July 22, 2020, to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee on July 29, 2020, to St. Louis and Memphis on Aug. 6, 2020, and to Indianapolis on Aug. 14, 2020.
As part of Operation Legend, Attorney General Barr has directed
federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, DEA and ATF to surge
resources to these cities to help state and local officials fighting
violent crime. The Department of Homeland Security is also contributing
agents to these efforts in St. Louis. Since its inception, Operation
Legend has yielded more than 2000 local, state, and federal arrests,
with approximately 476 defendants charged with federal crimes.