OKLAHOMA CITY - An indictment was unsealed today charging 21 gang members and associates with 85 counts involving conspiracy, gun and drug related charges, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Richter of the Western District of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Gang Task Force.
The indictment alleges that the 21 defendants were members or associates of the Walnut Gangster Crips street gang who conspired with each other and four unindicted co-conspirators to possess with intent to distribute more than 30 kilograms of cocaine, multiple kilograms of cocaine powder and over 1,000 tablets of ecstasy. According to the indictment, one of the purposes of the membership and association with the Walnut Gangster Crips and other street gangs was to facilitate their drug trafficking activity by providing a network to distribute the drugs.
The indictment further alleges that the Walnut Gangster Crips associated themselves with several defendants who acquired the cocaine powder in Los Angeles to manufacture the crack for re- distribution in the Oklahoma City area. The indictment alleges that Jimm’s Used Tires was used primarily as a front for the drug dealing activities of this organization and that cocaine powder and crack was stored, concealed or manufactured at 11 other locations identified in the indictment. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of various firearms, ammunition, over $15,000 in cash and real property.
The 21 defendants named in the indictment are as follows: Arthur Cleon Draper; Marcus Basil Gilkey; Lavertise Antwion Cudjo; Lajuan Odell Carr; Esco Lajuan Thomas; Ronald Gene Owens; Donkawa Cantrell Larmouth; Erica Temisha Foy; Edwin Ellis Smith; Daquita Leeshon Knox; Deon Braxton; Trina Marie Brown; Chaz Deon Berry; Everett Lamont Carr; Deondre Shawn Cooper; Karen Denise Anderson; Konnie Fay Hester and Elizabeth Ann Herndon, all of Oklahoma City; Edward J. Adair of Clinton, Okla.; Kristy Latrail Barker of Clinton, Okla. and Everett Lloyd Owens of Boley, Okla. If convicted, each defendant faces no less than 10 years and up to life in federal prison.
In February, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales unveiled his plan to combat gang violence across America expanding the successful Project Safe Neighborhoods program to include new and enhanced anti-gang efforts. Locally, on May 23, U.S. Attorney John C. Richter, Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane, FBI Special Agent in Charge Sal Hernandez, ATF Special Agent in Charge Ronnie Carter and Oklahoma City Police Department Chief Bill Citty, publicly announced the formation of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Gang Task Force. The task force announced Project GRIND which seeks to have Gangs, Removed, Isolated Neutralized and Dismantled from our streets and neighborhoods.
Today’s indictment is the result of a joint investigation spearheaded by the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Other key law enforcement partners in this investigation were the U.S. Marshal’s Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service. This case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney John C. Richter and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Maye.