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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Checotah Man Sentenced To 281 Months, $1.4 Million For Methamphetamine Distribution

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that MICHAEL A. METZKER, a/k/a Lurch, age 37, of Checotah, Oklahoma was sentenced to 281 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release for 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, 8411(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A).  A money judgment totaling $1,400,000.00 was also assessed.

METZKER was indicted in June 2014, along with MICHAEL W. METZKER, a/k/a Chic, age 59, 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 and STEVEN D. CARR, age 43, formerly of Checotah, Oklahoma.  All have previously pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The Indictment alleged that from in or about April 2003 to on or about April 15, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendants, knowingly conspired to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

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 co-conspirators 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 Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

Updated May 28, 2015