TULSA, OK – Eight people have pleaded guilty in a methamphetamine trafficking ring in the Tulsa area, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward.
According to Woodward, the organization imported large amounts of methamphetamine from Phoenix, Arizona, and various locations in Texas, to the Tulsa area between December 2009 and February 2010. They flew to the source of the methamphetamine then used private vehicles and passengers on commercial bus lines to transport the drug back to the Tulsa area. In one instance, the drugs were hidden inside a pink stuffed animal, Woodward said.
Law enforcement officers outed the conspiracy on February 27, 2010, when officers served simultaneous search warrants to a residence in Phoenix and a residence in Broken Arrow.
The residence in Broken Arrow belonged to the ringleader of the conspiracy, Jason Kort, 34. Law enforcement officers found records of multiple drug transactions inside Kort's home.
All the defendants are charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession With Intent To Distribute, and Unlawful Use of Communication Facility. Max Ray Tanner was also charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm.
The defendants are:
Agents from the Tulsa and Phoenix FBI and officers with the Broken Arrow Police Department assisted in the case.