Muskogee — A member of the white supremacist organization Universal Aryan Brotherhood and nine other co-conspirators implicated in a meth distribution ring have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from nearly four years to over 23 years, federal prosecutors announced.
The investigation, named after the famous Civil War-era Battle of Honey Springs, alleged as many as 11 people participated in the drug distribution scheme that at one time included a prison inmate.
Michael A. Metzker, 37, of Checotah, received the longest prison sentence in the case, a 23-year, five-month term behind bars. Prosecutors say Metzker is a member of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood who was released from prison in January 2014 after serving five years on a state drug-related conviction.
Beginning in April 2013, while still in prison, Metzker began conspiring with others to possess and distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine, a scheme that generated at least $1.4 million in sales, according to a January plea agreement with prosecutors.
Metzker used cellphones smuggled into prison to coordinate the drug distribution scheme, said prosecutors from the U.S. District Court system’s Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee.
Metzker agreed to a $1.4 million money judgment as part of his plea agreement.
Others entering conspiracy-related pleas and their respective prison terms are:
Jackie Dale Brumley, 45, of Noble, 14 years.
Michael W. Metzker, 59, of Checotah, 10 years.
Cornell Tyleiz Harvey, 30, of Oklahoma City, 10 years.
Margaret Casey, 46, of Checotah, 6 ½ years.
Sunny Ann Martinek, 39, of Norman, five years, 10 months.
Derek Park, 32, of Checotah, five years.
Shawna Vanzant, 33, of Henryetta, three years, 10 months.
Scott Wesley Duncan, 39, of Oklahoma City, three years, 10 months.
Also, Lacey Renee Park, 31, of Checotah, was sentenced earlier this month to a 10-year, one-month prison term after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a methamphetamine mixture.
Supervised release terms ranging from three to five years were also imposed.
An 11th person named in the original charge, Steven D. Carr, 44, of Checotah, pleaded guilty to one conspiracy count as part of a plea agreement in October. His sentencing date has not be scheduled.
The charges arose from a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Indian Affairs; city police departments in McAlester, Muskogee, Checotah, Eufaula and Stigler; members of the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force; the Oklahoma Highway Patrol; sheriff’s offices in Okmulgee, McIntosh and Pittsburg counties; the Oklahoma Department of Corrections; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and the U.S. Marshals Service, according to a news release from Muskogee-based federal prosecutors.
The investigation was coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force of the Eastern District of Oklahoma, an initiative led and coordinated by the Office of the U.S. Attorney.
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