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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Drug Dealer Sent to Prison as a Result of Operation Alpha Arrest

A Tulsa man, identified by law enforcement and prosecutors as being a “Top Ten” Alpha criminal, was sentenced today for participating in a methamphetamine and heroin distribution conspiracy and for possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to distribute, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Dannie Dee Dill, 47, to 10 years in federal prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. 

On Sept. 5, Dill pleaded guilty to the charges of drug conspiracy, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and removal of property to prevent seizure. The latter charge resulted from Dill removing $15,000 from co-conspirator Darowe Jones’ residence in an effort to hide the drug proceeds from investigators.

“Danny Dill’s drug dealing venture is now closed for business. No longer will he be able to distribute deadly narcotics like methamphetamine and black tar heroin,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Thanks to the efforts of the Tulsa Police Department partnering with federal agents, this conspiracy has been shut down.”

From August 2017 to April 2018, Dill and his co-conspirators participated in a scheme to distribute illegal narcotics, including heroin and methamphetamine, in the greater Tulsa area. As part of the scheme, Dill stored narcotics and drug proceeds at two different houses, one in Broken Arrow and one in Tulsa.  His narcotics source of supply sent illegal drug shipments for distribution from outside of the state of Oklahoma to the Broken Arrow location. To further his drug trafficking activities, Dill stored a loaded Glock handgun in the Broken Arrow home.

Dill and his accomplices were arrested as part of Operation Alpha, a Project Safe Neighborhoods’ initiative that sought northern Oklahoma’s most dangerous criminals. Phase One of the Operation Alpha initiative utilized crime mapping technology to target areas with high rates of crime and focused on the area surrounding 21st Street and Garnett Road in Tulsa.  Phase one operations took place from mid-April through mid-June 2018 and resulted in 174 felony arrests and seizure of 106 firearms.

Dill’s co-conspirators included Cherie Michelle Kelley, 36, Cynthia Santagata, 32, and Darowe Junior Jones, 39, all of Tulsa. Jones, also labeled a “Top Ten” Alpha criminal, was a one-stop shop for the distribution of methamphetamine, black-tar heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, and Xanax. On Oct. 24, a jury convicted Jones of conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than 100 grams of heroin.  He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28.  Kelley pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges and will be sentenced Dec.18. Santagata also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and will be sentenced Jan. 8.

Dill remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.

Law enforcement agencies involved in the coordinated effort to bring Dill into custody included the Tulsa Police Department, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel-lyn A. McCormick and Thomas E. Duncombe prosecuted the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders in an effort to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. 

Drug Trafficking
Lennea Montandon 918-382-2755
Updated November 27, 2018