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Indictment Unsealed Charging Seven from
Lawton with Conspiracy to Traffic Crack Cocaine

June 21, 2012

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – A federal grand jury indictment has been unsealed this morning charging NICKALOS DANIELS (a/k/a Nick), 37, LAURA BUSH, 33, BYRON FANTROY, 37, JORDAN TONEY, 20, ISAIAH McCORKLE (a/k/a Ish), 43, BRITTANY COPELAND, 22, and LOWELL JONES, 63, all from Lawton, Oklahoma, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. The charges were unsealed after an early morning joint operation conducted today by a federal and states law enforcement authorities which resulted in the arrest of all seven defendants in Lawton.

The indictment asserts that from September 2011 through June 2012, the defendants conspired to store, distribute, or use powder cocaine or cocaine base (crack) at various locations in Lawton, including, the properties located at 10 N.W. 36th Street, 1741 S.W. 12th Street, and 8101 S.W. Boatsman Avenue. It is further alleged that the defendants acquired multiple pound quantities of cocaine from sources in Texas, and elsewhere, for processing into cocaine base and then for distribution in the Lawton, Oklahoma area. The indictment alleges that members of the conspiracy often used discrete or coded language, such as “fish” (half of any quantity of cocaine base), “dollar or any reference to 100" (3.5 grams of cocaine base) “onion or zip” (ounce of cocaine base), “The Deuce or the South” (house at 1741 S.W. 12th Street), “the Lab or the West” (house at 8101 S.W. Boatsman Avenue), and “a rack” (one thousand dollars) to attempt to conceal the illegal nature of their conversation. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of the following property:

    (1) 10 NW 36th Street, Lawton, Oklahoma;
    (2) 1116 SW 45th Street, Lawton, Oklahoma;
    (3) 4624 SW G Avenue, Lawton, Oklahoma;
    (4) 1403 SW Pennsylvania Avenue, Lawton, Oklahoma;
    (5) 2005 Cadillac CTS;
    (6) 2002 Dodge Ram;
    (7) 2011 Chrysler 300; and
    (8) 2003 Honda.

If convicted, each of the defendants face no less than 10 years and up to life in prison plus up to a $10,000,000 fine. Reference is made to the indictment for further information.

These charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the United States Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the IRS Criminal Investigation, the District 5 Drug Task Force, the District 6 Drug Task Force, and the Duncan Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Petermann.

The public is reminded that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Each defendant is presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial, at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.





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