19 charged with alleged drug ring ran out of state prison


    Richard Joseph Coker, 33, Oklahoma State Penitentiary. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

    A large number of inmates have been charged in connection to a drug ring allegedly being ran out of jails and prisons.

    On July 14, a 16-month join investigation led to the 19 alleged gang members and associates being charged for conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

    An investigation alleges that the leadership of the gang uses cell phones within prison to work with individuals outside of prison to operate a drug-trafficking operation. The investigation shows that those involved conspired to distribute large amounts of the drugs across Oklahoma City and the state. Five of those charged are inmates of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in MacAlester, six are now located in the Oklahoma County Jail and five are residents of Oklahoma City.

    Over 100 pounds of methamphetamine, firearms and large amounts of money were also allegedly seized in the investigation.

    The following list of those charged and where they are located was released by then United States Department of Justice

    • Richard Joseph Coker, 33, Oklahoma State Penitentiary
    • Richard Lee Potts, 38, Oklahoma State Penitentiary
    • David Dean Chale, 34, Oklahoma State Penitentiary
    • Chad Nathen Hudson, 36, Oklahoma State Penitentiary
    • Christopher Paul Brown, 28, Oklahoma State Penitentiary
    • Gary Holden Schneider, 29, OKC, OK
    • Angela Renee Harlan, 38, Tulsa, OK
    • Robinson Rene Garcia-Aguirre, 28, Oklahoma County Jail
    • Eyner Mora Esparza, 23 ,Oklahoma County Jail
    • Tenesia Diane Rodriguez, 36, OKC, OK
    • Aisha Bliss Donaldson, 27, OKC, OK
    • Zane P. Yargee, 22, Oklahoma County Jail
    • Daryl Lloyd Ivey, 28, Oklahoma County Jail
    • Nika Deandre Davis, 24, OKC, OK
    • Devon Alan Herron, 23, OKC, OK
    • Margie Lee Barnhill, 28, Newcastle, OK
    • Ricky Lynn Wolfe, 37, Tulsa, OK
    • Amanda Heather Holland, 43, Oklahoma County Jail
    • Jeremy Antowaine Taylor, 34, Oklahoma County Jail

    Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.

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