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Eleven Individuals Arraigned In Operation "Battle Of Honey Springs"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2014

“The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury. A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt. A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. United States Sentencing Guidelines may be considered, upon conviction, by the sentencing court. Federal prison sentences are non-parolable”

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that the following individuals were arraigned on April 15, and 16, 2014, on charges of Conspiracy To Possess With Intent To Distribute And Distribute Five Hundred (500) Grams Or More Of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A).

          MICHAEL A. METZKER, a/k/a "Lurch", age 36, of Checotah, Oklahoma

          MICHAEL W. METZKER, a/k/a "Chic", age 58, of Checotah, Oklahoma

          LACEY RENEE PARK, age 29, of Checotah, Oklahoma

          DEREK PARK, age 31, of Checotah, Oklahoma

          MARGARET CASEY, age 45, of Checotah, Oklahoma

          SHAWNA VANZANT, age 33, of Henryetta, Oklahoma

          JACKIE DALE BRUMLEY, age 44, of Noble, Oklahoma

          CORNELL TYLEIZ HARVEY, age 29, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

          SCOTT WESLEY DUNCAN, age 38, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

          SUNNY ANN MARTINEK, age 38, of Norman, Oklahoma

          STEVEN D. CARR, age 43, formerly of Checotah, Oklahoma

The Criminal Complaint filed on April 14, 2014, alleges that beginning in or about April 2013, up to and including April 14, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendants, did willfully and knowingly combine, conspire, confederate and agree together, and with other persons known and unknown, to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribute 500 grams or more of Methamphetamine.

Michael A. Metzker, a member of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood (UAB), was incarcerated in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections from December 24, 2009, until January 8, 2014. Beginning in or before April 2013, up to an including January 8, 2014, Michael A. Metzker utilized cellular telephones, illegally smuggled into the prison, to coordinate the acquisition and distribution of methamphetamine in Eastern Oklahoma. Upon release from incarceration up to and including April 14, 2014, Michael A. Metzker and his coconspirators continued to acquire and distribute methamphetamine within Eastern Oklahoma.

The charges arose from a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Indian Affairs, McAlester Police Department, the Muskogee Police Department, the Checotah Police Department, the Eufaula Police Department, the Stigler Police Department, Districts 18, 23, and 25 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office, the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Marshal Service. The investigation was coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) of the Eastern District of Oklahoma. OCDETF is an initiative led, and coordinated by, the Office of the United States Attorney.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearings. All defendants were remanded into the custody of the United States Marshal Service.

The statutory range of punishment for a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), is not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment and/or up to $10,000,000.00 in fines.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

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