Contessa Alexander, 44, of Quapaw pleaded guilty in Ottawa County District Court to the use of a communication device to facilitate the distribution of controlled dangerous substances.

MIAMI - An Ottawa County woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a reduce charge in connection with her participation in a northeast Oklahoma drug ring.

Contessa Alexander, 44, of Quapaw pleaded guilty on Friday, Jan. 27, in Ottawa County District Court to the use of a communication device to facilitate the distribution of controlled dangerous substances. She was charged with racketeering in October.

Delaware and Ottawa County Assistant District Attorney Randall Yates said the plea is combined with revocations on probation violations as well as a new charge of assault and battery.

The totality of the sentence was 35 years in prison with all but the first 15 years suspended, he said.

Alexander, who has a history of drug offenses dating back to 1997, was arrested as part of the “Slint Tate Drug Ring.”

Tate, 34, is believed to be calling the shots for a 28-member drug ring while behind bars at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester with a contraband cellphone.

The organization is responsible for moving at least five pounds of methamphetamine a week in four states, with a street value of approximately $250,000 to $1 million, investigators say.

So far, eight of the 28 individuals either charged or arrested, are in the Department of Corrections, federal custody, probation and in one case charges were dropped, online records show.

Tate is serving a life sentence for the 1999 shooting death of Vernie Milford Roberts, a Delaware County reserve deputy. Tate was 16 when he killed Roberts.