Federal prosecutors have indicted 10 people for allegedly distributing and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and heroin in Oklahoma. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced the indictments in a statement released to the press on Dec. 23. Five McAlister men, three McAlister women, a Sayre man and an Oklahoma City man all face drug conspiracy charges that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years. Some of the indicted individuals are also charged with drug possession, possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute and using a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking.
Drugs smuggled into state prison
According to the press release, the indicted individuals began distributing heroin and methamphetamine in and around Eastern Oklahoma in July 2019. The Sayre man is said to have used his position as a corrections officer to smuggle drugs into the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlister. Two of the indicted individuals are allegedly members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang.
Funds distributed by money transfer
Prosecutors say the group acquired firearms, vehicles and properties to further their drug distribution efforts. They allegedly used the properties to store and package controlled substances. Members of the group are said to have distributed money earned from selling heroin and methamphetamine by visiting Western Union and Walmart locations to initiate money transfers. During the investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration worked with several federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
Cooperating with authorities
When law enforcement takes large groups of suspects into custody, U.S. attorneys are often able to obtain information by making sentencing concessions in return for cooperation. However, the deals they offer may become far less generous when they believe that they have gathered enough evidence. This is why experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise individuals in this situation to consult with a lawyer and then act quickly if they wish to enter into plea agreements.