TULSA – The convicted murder who is accused of operating a methamphetamine drug ring with a contraband cell phone, while incarcerated at an Oklahoma prison, was federally indicted on several drug related and conspiracy charges.
The 22-page indictment, unsealed on Thursday, Sept. 21 in the Northern Division of the United States District Court, lays out a plan of where Slint Tate, 35, used a contraband cell phone to enable buying and selling methamphetamine in northeast Oklahoma and other alleged criminal activity.
Also indicted are Robin Tracy Zumwalt, also known as Robin Tate; Rachael Georgia Danley, Ashton Chase Manicom, Jeremy Dallas Mann, Matthew Stroud and Todd Allen Pryer, also known as Todd Pryor. Court records show state criminal charges against them were dismissed on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Delaware county District Attorney Kenny Wright has referred to the group of 28 defendants as the “Slint Tate Drug Ring,” saying it is responsible for moving at least five pounds of methamphetamine a week, with a street value approximately $250,000 to $1 million.
Of the defendants, 21 individuals have received suspended sentences, are in custody of the Department of Corrections, federal custody, probation or charges were dismissed, court records show.
In an earlier interview, Wright said Tate was not charged in state court, because he is already serving a life sentence.
About the charges
The 25-count indictment charges the group each with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Other indictments range from using a cellphone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony, maintaining a drug-involved premises, weapon violations and distribution of methamphetamine.
Also spelled out in the indictment is how Tate used Mann, Stroud, Pryer, Danley, Manicom and Zumwalt and several unindicted co-conspirators to either sell methamphetamine and marijuana to undercover agents or transport the drugs and how Zumwalt stored the drug proceeds, drugs, paraphernalia, weapons at her Miami residence.
Federal prosecutors are also seeking forfeiture of $200,000 from Tate and $50,000 from Zumwalt, her Miami residence and vested interest in her profit sharing plan.
The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of 26 guns and 10 rounds of ammunition.
According to the indictment under Tate’s direction:
• 27 grams of methamphetamine was sold on Jan. 14, 2016.
• 113 grams of methamphetamine was sold on Jan. 26, 2016.
• 109 grams of methamphetamine was sold on Feb. 9, 2016
• 10 grams of methamphetamine was sold on April 10, 2016
• 444 grams of methamphetamine and 2,800 grams of marijuana were transported through Kansas for distribution in northeast Oklahoma on April 27, 2016.
• one pound of methamphetamine was sold on May 5, 2016.
• 409 grams of methamphetamine was sold on May 9, 2016.
Tate is also accused of having Stroud, Manicom and Pryer to beat up an unindicted co-conspirator for jeopardizing the drug ring on May 4, 2016.
Tate is serving a life sentence for the 1999 shooting death of Vernie Milford Roberts, a Delaware County reserve sheriff’s deputy. He was 16 at the time of the fatal shooting.