Twelve Indicted In Adair County Drug Ring Bust
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - Twelve people have been indicted in what authorities are calling a drug ring operation in Adair County. Waylon Lee Williams, Chassidy Burke, Jesse Catron, Evonnie Simmons, Josh Simmons, Amber Kirk, Carl Cushing, Megan Watkins, Kris Hall, Sharon Davis, Brianna Smith and Donnie Burke were each indicted for drug conspiracy.
Punishment is a fine up to $10 million and no less than 10 years in prison.
All but two of the suspects are in custody. Carl Cushing and Megan Watkins have not been taken into custody.
Those in custody pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.
Williams and Burke had also been indicted in February with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Law enforcement representatives say they knowingly possessed with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
The indictments come after a long investigation into what authorities are calling a large drug trafficking ring that operated in Adair County. Most of the suspects are from Stilwell.
Several agencies participated in the investigation including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Marshals Service, Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Adair and Tulsa County Sheriff's Offices, Stilwell, Broken Arrow and Tulsa Police Departments and the District 27 District Attorney's Drug Task Force.
Authorities say the arrests and indictments will have a large impact on not only Adair County but the state of Oklahoma.
If you know where police can find Cushing or Watkins, call your local law enforcement agency.