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Methamphetamine and Heroin Distributor Sentenced to 77 Months in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

A Tulsa drug dealer was sentenced Tuesday for distributing methamphetamine and heroin in the Tulsa-metro area, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Kamau Jahi Williams, 43, to 77 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. 

On Sept. 29, 2021, a federal jury found Williams guilty of distribution of methamphetamine, drug conspiracy, and distribution of heroin.

“Kamau Williams’ profession of choice was drug distribution, and because of his chosen profession, he will spend more than six years in prison,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Methamphetamine and heroin addiction is costly- it harms families and takes lives. Thanks to our partners at the DEA and Tulsa Police Department, Williams will no longer be dealing these dangerous drugs in Tulsa’s neighborhoods.”

In the Summer of 2020, the DEA agents and Task Force Officers with the Tulsa Police Department became aware of Williams’ potential criminal activity and began physical surveillance of the suspect. On Oct. 20, 2020, Williams met with another individual in a fast food restaurant parking lot in Tulsa. Williams was observed entering the lot in a black pick-up to meet the other man. Agents watched the man take possession of a white plastic bag from Williams and place it in the rear of his white SUV. Soon after, officers stopped the man for a traffic violation. He consented to a vehicle search and officers located 56 grams of methamphetamine in the rear of the vehicle in the same white bag he was seen receiving from Williams earlier. Fifty-six grams is equal to 24 dosage units and worth thousands of dollars. After the seizure, investigators continued their investigation into Williams.

In April 2021, two codefendants were charged in a superseding indictment with Williams and additional charges were added. Agents intercepted communication between Kamau Williams, Albert Thomas III, and Tanara Ruble involving a conspiracy to distribute heroin. The defendants used code words like “dog food” or “black Nike t-shirt” when discussing drug transactions. Agents learned from the communication that Williams was trafficking marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin.

Williams was also found to be distributing heroin based on a March 4, 2021, drug deal. Ruble met with Williams at the Love More Hookah Lounge, a business owned by Williams. The two were observed entering the business and Ruble exited a short time later. Within the next hour, Williams called Thomas who then met him at the hookah lounge. The two men entered the lounge and emerged after several minutes. After leaving, Thomas was again stopped by uniformed officers, and heroin was discovered along with Glock .45 caliber pistol.

In addition to his convictions in this case, Williams recently pleaded guilty in a separate drug conspiracy case prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he purchased methamphetamine from a source of supply in California that was mailed to an abandoned Tulsa address. The packages were intercepted by several postal carriers who delivered the methamphetamine to Williams for redistribution. Williams faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison in the case and will be sentenced in June 2022.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick and David A. Nasar prosecuted the case.


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Updated January 25, 2022

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