Photo courtesy of the St. Louis District Attorney's office
ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis jury convicted a man known as "Pimp Daddy" this week of three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of felon in possession of a firearm stemming from a 2011 incident where a SWAT team found bags of cocaine, 20 capsules of heroin and marijuana scattered in his downtown hotel room, the St. Louis District Attorney's office said.
"Pimp Daddy," otherwise known as Darian Halliday, was selling heroin from room 216 of a downtown St. Louis motel, according to a tip given to police. Police surveillance revealed that Halliday was engaging in hand-to-hand drug transactions. He left the motel and moved to another before a warrant could be executed.
Police obtained a search warrant for his new motel room, and on Feb. 11, a SWAT team busted his door open with a two-man ram and tossed a stun grenade known as a flash bang to distract everyone inside, according to the district attorney's office.
The SWAT team found Halliday inside the room, with a .44 caliber revolver tucked into his waistband and two bags of cocaine in his pocket. More than 20 capsules of heroin were scattered on his nightstand. The hotel room contained crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana, according to the district attorney's office.
Sitting on the hotel room window sill were three laptops, five cell phones, personal papers and a photo of Halliday standing next to a woman clutching cash in his hand.
Halliday had previously been arrested in 2010 for unlawful possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana. Halliday told police he ran an escort service and needed the gun to protect himself. He was ultimately sentenced to seven years in prison for unlawful possession and then probation. He was released on Feb. 8, 2013.
This week, a St. Louis jury convicted Halliday of all three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of felon in possession of a firearm for the 2011 incident.
Sentencing is slated for Oct. 4.