Jury Convicts Tulsa Woman for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
A federal jury found a Tulsa woman guilty Wednesday of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug involved premises, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
The jury convicted Amy Lee Davis, 38, of Tulsa, for her role as the primary source of supply in the Tulsa methamphetamine distribution operation.
“Amy Davis was charged with moving more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine, and today a jury of her peers found her guilty as charged,” said U.S. Attorney Shores. “Methamphetamine continues to be the most widely abused drug in Oklahoma. Ms. Davis spread addiction on the streets of Tulsa. I am proud of the prosecution and investigative teams for their hard work to pursue justice for our community.”
During the investigation, officers with the Tulsa Police Department’s Special Investigations Division discovered that Davis consistently supplied a group of drug dealers with pound quantities of methamphetamine for distribution and was suspected of routinely traveling to Oklahoma City in order to re-up her supply of the drug. Davis was further found to have maintained a commercial property in Tulsa where she regularly stored and sold the drug.
On Nov. 13, 2018, Tulsa police officers executed search warrants at multiple locations routinely visited by Davis. Multiple firearms, methamphetamine, digital scales, and large amounts of cash were discovered in the searches. The same day, officers also stopped Davis and a co-conspirator on a return trip from Oklahoma City for a traffic violation. Officers found drug paraphernalia and seven pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle. Davis was arrested and detained at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center. After being released on bond, Davis was arrested again in April for failure to appear for preliminary proceedings in Tulsa County District Court. At that time, officers found approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine in her possession.
During the trial, the United States presented text messages Davis had exchanged with a person she believed to be a methamphetamine customer but turned out to be an undercover Tulsa police officer. In the texts, Davis used coded language that officers testified was consistent with language used by drug traffickers arranging a sale. Officers also testified about jailhouse calls made by Davis while she was housed at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center. The United States showed that Davis contacted her known co-conspirators to collect on debts and to assist with posting bond. Officers explained that it is a common practice for drug conspirators to bond one another out in order to maintain their drug distribution operations and profits associated with their crimes.
In closing, the United States argued that the evidence showed Davis was a “top-tier drug trafficker” who stored drugs and drug proceeds at multiple locations in Tulsa and used a team of individuals to funnel pounds of methamphetamine into Tulsa and surrounding communities. The United States noted that officers had testified to conducting multiple different types of surveillance over the course of several weeks to track Davis’s drug distribution activities before they arrested Davis.
U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell presided over the trial and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 30, 2020. At sentencing, Davis faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. She also faces maximum fine of $10 million.
The Tulsa Police Department Special Investigations Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel-lyn A. McCormick, Thomas E. Duncombe, and Vani Singhal are prosecuting the case for the United States. AUSA McCormick serves as the lead attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force unit.