Several members of a Delaware/Ottawa County methamphetamine drug trafficking ring entered guilty pleas in federal court last week.
Rachael Georgia Danley, 31; Ashton Chase Manicom, 23; Jeremy Dallas Mann, 30; Matthew Ray Stroud, 36; and Todd Allen Pryer, 46, pleaded guilty to a wide range of drug related offenses.
The alleged ring leader, Slint Kenneth Tate, 35 and his girlfriend, Robin Tracy Zumwalt, 35, were also federally charged in September 2017. They are set to go to trial April 16.
Tate, a convicted murder, was accused of calling the shots by using a contraband cell phone from his Oklahoma State Penitentiary cell from March 2015 to May 2016.
Tate allegedly 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, while Zumwalt stored the drug proceeds, drugs, paraphernalia, weapons at her Miami residence.
Delaware and Ottawa County District Attorney Kenny Wright said the group and others charged in Ottawa County District Court is responsible for moving at least five pounds of methamphetamine a week, with a street value approximately $250,000 to $1 million.
When the arrests began in the spring of 2016, after more than six months of investigative work, Wright described the case making "the largest dent in the methamphetamine business in northeast Oklahoma in the last 20 years.
Initially, the cases were filed in the Delaware and Ottawa District Courts, before the cases were combined within Ottawa District Court. Later, state charges were dismissed as the federal indictments began to unfold.
Stroud plead guilty to one count of using a cell phone to communicate with Tate about assaulting an unindicted co-conspirator. He is set to be sentenced on June 14.
Pryer, Manicom and Mann pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Pryor is to be sentenced June 13 and Manicom and Mann will be sentenced June 12.
Danley pleaded guilty to using a cell phone to communicate with Tate about obtaining money and traveling to Oklahoma City to purchase methamphetamine. She will be sentenced June 11.
More about Tate
Wright said Tate, the puppeteer for the drug ring, allegedly orchestrated the business and called the shots behind bars with a contraband cellphone.
Tate has been incarcerated since he was 16 for killing a Delaware County sheriff’s reserve deputy. He is serving a life sentence at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
In 2001, he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the July 1999 shooting death of Vernie Milford Roberts, a Delaware County reserve deputy.
Roberts, 65, and his wife, Betty Jean, were taking Tate, then 16, from the Delaware County Jail to the Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Center.
Tate shot Roberts twice during a scuffle after a leg-shackled Tate grabbed Betty Jean Roberts around the throat and threatened to choke her and demanded Vernie Roberts unlock the leg shackles, authorities said at the time.