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Colorado Residents Among Nine Charged with
Conspiracy to Harvest Marijuana in Colorado for
Distribution to Oklahoma and Other States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2014

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Nine people have been charged in two related complaints alleging conspiracy to harvest marijuana in Colorado for distribution to Oklahoma and other states, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Defendants in the first complaint are TERRY HARDIN WILKERSON, 71, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, WILLIAM JESSE HOGE, 53, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, CURTIS FRANK WAGNER, 49, from Crestone, Colorado, DAVID GEUBELLE, 45, from Highland Park, Illinois, CRYSTAL ADAMS, 45, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, MARTY SHELLABARGER, 67, from Moffatt, Colorado, and SKYLAR J. FREEMAN, 25, from Crestone, Colorado. Defendants in the second complaint are SHAWN N. MAMINAKIS, 34, from Crestone, Colorado, and DAVID LINCOLN STEELE, 48, from Crestone, Colorado.

Both complaints allege that the defendants conspired to harvest more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in Colorado and distribute it to Oklahoma and other states. For more information, reference is made the attached affidavits made part of the criminal complaints. If convicted, the defendants face no less than five and up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of $5,000,000. The defendants are all presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Wilkerson was arrested Tuesday and appeared in federal Court for his initial appearance in Oklahoma City yesterday. Hoge was arrested yesterday and appeared in federal court for his initial appearance in Oklahoma City today. Adams was arrested today and will appear for her initial appearance in federal court in Oklahoma City tomorrow. Wagner, Shellabarger, Freeman, Maminakis and Steele were arrested Tuesday and appeared in federal Court for their initial appearance in Denver yesterday. Geubelle was arrested yesterday and appeared in federal court for his initial appearance in Chicago today.

This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation “Operation Stale Smoke” led by the Oklahoma City District office and the Colorado Springs office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Colorado Springs Resident Office, the Chicago Field Division, and the Oklahoma City District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Valuable assistance was also provided by the United States Attorneys’ Offices for the District of Colorado and the Northern District of Illinois. This case is being prosecuted in the Western District of Oklahoma by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Petermann and David L. Walling.

 

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