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Feds indict Oklahoma prison lifer on drug trafficking charges

March 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds indict Oklahoma prison lifer on drug trafficking charges

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Federal prosecutors say five alleged co-conspirators confessed last week to taking part in a drug trafficking enterprise headed by an inmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Rachael Georgia Danley, 31; Ashton Chase Manicom, 23; Jeremy Dallas Mann, 30; Matthew Ray Stroud, 36; and Todd Allen Pryer, 46, all pleaded guilty in Tulsa federal court to various drug-related charges.

The legal team for the purported leader of the drug ring, Slint Kenneth Tate, 35, and his girlfriend, 36-year-old Robin Tracy Zumwalt, indicated this week that plea discussions were continuing with federal prosecutors, Tulsa World reports.

“This prosecution highlights the importance of federal-state task forces,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores stated. “Together, we exposed a conspiracy that was operating from within the walls of a maximum-security Oklahoma prison using contraband phones in the hands of inmates.”

A federal grand jury indicated in its September 6th indictment that the seven defendants, headed by Tate, plotted to purchase meth and marijuana in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas for redistribution in the Miami, Oklahoma area in 2015 and 2016.

The grand jury claimed Tate operated the drug ring from his cell at Oklahoma State Penitentiary from March 2015 through May 2016 using smuggled phones.

Slint Kenneth Tate (above) is named as the alleged ringleader in a methamphetamine drug trafficking organization that he operated out of the state penitentiary from 2015 to 2016.

Tate has been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after he pleaded guilty in 2001 to first-degree murder in the 1999 fatal shooting death of Vernie Milford Roberts, a deputy with the Delaware County reserve.

Roberts, 65, and his wife, Betty Jean, were bringing Tate, who was 16 at the time, from the Delaware County Jail to the Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Center when Tate attacked Roberts and shot him two times.

Stroud was the latest of five to plead guilty. Stroud pleaded guilty to one count of using a phone to traffic drugs. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a drug conspiracy charge as part of the deal.

Stroud faces a maximum term of four years behind bars when he is sentenced in June.

On Wednesday, Pryer pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffick drugs. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss two counts against Pryer of using a cell phone to distribute meth.

Prosecutors said Pryer performed a minimal role in the drug enterprise.

“He was a user and enforcer and watcher of the house,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon Cozzoni stated Wednesday, referring to a Miami home where illegal drugs were stashed.

Top left clockwise: Jeremy Dallas Mann (bottom row, left); Todd Allen Pryer, also known as Toddy Pryor; Ashton Chase Manicom. Courtesy Bottom Left: Matthew Stroud, Robin Tracy Zumwalt; and Rachael Georgia Danley

Pryer is also set to be sentenced in June.

On Tuesday, Manicom and Mann both pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that resulted in the dismissal of remaining charges. Manicom faced seven other counts, while Mann was facing five.

Manicom’s plea agreement requires that he serve a 10-year sentence.

Manicom admitted to agreeing with Tate and others to pick up meth in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and other area and deliver it to Miami between March 2015 and May 2016.

The statutory prison sentence for a conviction of drug conspiracy ranges from 10 years to life behind bars.

Mann also pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy, but without the benefit of an agreed prison sentence.

While working with the organization, Mann confessed to making drug runs to Oklahoma City and Tulsa to pick up meth for distribution in the Miami area.

On Monday, Danley said he talked with Tate about helping collect money that he needed to purchase roughly nine pounds of meth.

Danley could face up to four years in a federal lockup at his sentencing in June. The admission by Danley was part of a plea deal with prosecutors to confessed guilt to one of five counts in an indictment.

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