Five of the seven charged in a 22-page federal indictment against the dubbed "Slint Tate Drug Ring" has pleaded guilty to a wide array of drug-related offenses.
OTTAWA COUNTY – Several members of an Ottawa/Delaware County methamphetamine drug trafficking ring entered guilty pleas in federal court last week.
Rachael Georgia Danley, 31; Ashton Chase Manicom, 23; Jeremy Dallas Mann, 30; Matthew Ray Stroud, 36; and Todd Allen Pryer, 46, pleaded guilty to a wide range of drug-related offenses.
The alleged ringleader, Slint Kenneth Tate, 35 and his girlfriend, Robin Tracy Zumwalt, 35, were also federally charged. They are set to go to trial April 16.
Tate, a convicted murderer, was accused of calling the shots by using a contraband cell phone from his Oklahoma State Penitentiary cell from March 2015 to May 2016.
Tate is alleged to have used Mann, Stroud, Pryer, Danley, Manicom and Zumwalt and several unindicted co-conspirators to either sell methamphetamine and marijuana to undercover agents or transport the drugs and direct how Zumwalt stored the drug proceeds, drugs, paraphernalia, weapons at her Miami residence.
District Attorney Kenny Wright said the group and others charged in Ottawa County District Court is responsible for moving at least five pounds of methamphetamine a week, with a street value of approximately $250,000 to $1 million.
Stroud pleaded guilty to one count of using a cell phone to communicate with Tate about assaulting an unindicted co-conspirator. He is set to be sentenced on June 14.
Pryer, Manicom, and Mann pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Pryor is to be sentenced June 13 and Manicom and Mann will be sentenced June 12.
Danley pleaded guilty to using a cell phone to communicate with Tate about obtaining money and traveling to Oklahoma City to purchase methamphetamine. She will be sentenced June 11.
Tate is serving a life sentence for the 1999 shooting death of Vernie Milford Roberts, a Delaware County reserve sheriff’s deputy. He was 16 at the time of the fatal shooting.