Inmate argues religious duty to deal heroin; appeal fails
KANSAS CITY | A St. Louis man ordered to spend more than a quartercentury in prison on drug charges has failed to have his prosecution overturned, despite his argument that he has a religious duty to sell heroin.
In an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis, Timothy Anderson did not deny he was a heroin dealer.
Instead, he cast himself as “a student of Esoteric and Mysticism studies,” saying he had created a religious
nonprofit that aims to get the narcotic to “the sick, lost, blind, lame, deaf and dead members of God’s Kingdom.”
The appellate court rejected his appeal Wednesday.