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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

10 Members of a Drug Trafficking Organization Indicted

8 Members Arrested Wednesday; 2 Remain at Large

 A federal indictment has been unsealed charging 10 defendants with drug conspiracy.

“Federal prosecutors and our law enforcement partners continue the fight to reduce the flow of deadly narcotics into northeastern Oklahoma,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Months of work conducted by special agents and officers resulted in eight arrests and the seizure of illicit guns, drugs, and profits. My office will now seek to hold these alleged drug traffickers accountable in federal court.”

Eight suspects were arrested early Wednesday in Tulsa as part of a law enforcement operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Defendants Keni Garcia-Soberanis, 29, and Madeline Pearl Lavalley, 28, remain at large. The two are alleged to be long time leaders and sources of supply of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Mexico that distributes methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in the Tulsa area. Garcia-Soberanis is a citizen of Mexico and Lavalley is alleged to have fled to Mexico after being indicted in a 2017 drug trafficking case in the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Eight other members of the organization were arrested in Tulsa Wednesday and included couriers responsible for delivering or picking up the illicit drugs and proceeds; distributors; and a money launderer.

While executing the arrests and search warrants, federal agents and Tulsa police officers seized approximately:

- 5,000 fentanyl pills;

- 810 grams of black tar heroin;

- 550 grams of suspected cocaine;

- 280 grams of methamphetamine;

- 8 firearms

“The success of Operation Dirt Stain, including the arrest of eight alleged drug-trafficking conspirators and the seizure of various quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and deadly fentanyl fake pills throughout Oklahoma, is a testament to DEA Tulsa’s resolve to keep our families and neighborhoods safe,” said Eduardo A. Chávez, DEA Dallas Special Agent in Charge, who oversees operations in Oklahoma.  “Our partners in both Tulsa and the greater northeastern Oklahoma were instrumental in this success.  We are stronger together and that should be a warning to other drug traffickers and distribution organizations in Oklahoma. You’re next.”

Defendants include:

-Keni Garcia-Soberanis, 29, of Acapulco, Mexico

- Madeline (Maddie) Pearl Lavalley, 28, of Collinsville

-Rafael Torres-Palacios, 42, of Tulsa

-Pablo Garcia, birthdate unknown, of Tulsa

-Kalin Marie Campbell, 35, of Tulsa

-Anita Lynn Oslin, 56, of Tulsa

-Brandon James Roberson, 39, of Pocola

-Ashlee Lynn Trousdale, 33, of Tulsa

-Melissa Hope Sawyer, 46, of Tulsa

-Jimmy Dewayne Jenkins, 33, of Tulsa

Operation Dirt Stain is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and the Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Tonkin is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Public Affairs 918-382-2755
Updated October 5, 2022