The last member of the “Slint Tate Drug Ring” pleaded no contest and received a five-year-deferred sentence, District Attorney Kenny Wright said on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Dinah Williams, 52, of Grove entered the no contest plea on Sept. 14 to an amended charge of receiving and concealing proceeds derived from illegal drug activity.
She was assessed $10,000 in lieu of a fine with $9,000 suspended, Wright said. Williams must also pay $2,000 in fines and costs, he said.
The 28-member drug ring, when busted in May 2016, faced drug, weapon, trafficking, and conspiracy charges in Delaware and Ottawa County District Courts and were taking in up to $1 million dollars a week.
The ringleader, Slint Tate, 36, used cellphones smuggled into the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and ran the million-dollar drug ring from behind bars.
He 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.
Another 20 years was added to his life sentence for his drug involvement.