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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 30, 2018

Operation Kryptonite: Six Individuals Plead Guilty To Drug Charges

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced today that multiple defendants entered pleas of guilty today. The defendants were charged in a single indictment on February 14, 2018 as a result of an investigation lead by the Drug Enforcement Administration into the distribution of methamphetamine in and around McAlester. A copy of the full indictment can be found online at https://go.usa.gov/xnefa.

Bethany Lynn Kendall, age 28, of McAlester, Oklahoma; Steven Alan Phifer, age 40, of McAlester, Oklahoma; Dylan Joseph Dempsey, age 25, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Conway Lee Kindle, age 43, of Stuart, Oklahoma; Dominic Alan Giaudrone, age 38, of Krebs, Oklahoma; and Angel Reanea Henderson, age 41, of Hartshorne, Oklahoma each entered guilty pleas. A sentencing date will be set by the Court after the Federal Probation Office completes their pre-sentencing reports. 

Kendall pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both; and to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both.

Phifer pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, punishable by not less than 5 years imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both; and to Distribution Of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B), punishable by not less than 5 years imprisonment, and up to a $5,000,000.00 fine or both.

Dempsey pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both; and to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both.

Kindle pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both; and to Distribution Of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both. 

Giaudrone pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, punishable up to 20 years imprisonment, and up to a $1,000,000.00 fine or both. 

Henderson pled guilty to Distribution Of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C), punishable up to 20 years imprisonment, and up to a $1,000,000.00 fine or both.

The one remaining defendant that is named in the indictment, Dustin Lee Hall, a/k/a Smalls, age 31, of Savanna, Oklahoma, is not in custody and members of the public are urged to contact law enforcement if they come into contact with Hall or know of his whereabouts.

The Drug Conspiracy charges arose from a joint investigation entitled “Kryptonite” 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 agencies involved in the investigation were, the McAlester Police Department, the Seminole Nation Lighthorse Police, the Savanna Police Department, the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office, the District 18 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the United States Marshal’s Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of presentence investigation reports. 

Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States.

Updated April 5, 2018