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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 22, 2020

Oklahoma City Woman Sentenced to Almost Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Her Part in a Sprawling Drug Conspiracy

OKLAHOMA CITY – TARA LYNETTE HUMPHRIES, 38, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 352 months in prison for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, as well as possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.

Humphries was arrested on May 8, 2019, after law enforcement observed multiple drug transactions at her residence in southwest Oklahoma City.  A search warrant was subsequently executed on Humphries’ home, which resulted in the seizure of over 68 pounds of methamphetamine, more than $95,000 in cash, and thirteen firearms.  A shrine to Santa Muerte, the patron saint of drug traffickers, was also located inside the residence.  According to public records, Humphries arrest came less than six months after her release from state prison, where she was serving sentences for accessory to murder and kidnapping.

Three other individuals—Crystal Rodriguez, Cheyenne Delodge, and Aimee Salem—were also arrested in connection with the illicit activity taking place at the residence.  All four women have since pled guilty to both possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Today, U.S. District Judge Patrick R. Wyrick sentenced Humphries to 292 months in prison on the drug count, to be followed by 60 months of imprisonment on the firearm count.  Judge Wyrick also imposed five years of supervised release.  Judge Wyrick had previously sentenced Delodge to 210 months of incarceration, and Salem to 120 months of incarceration.  Rodriguez has yet to be sentenced.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation—Oklahoma City Field Office, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Marshals Service.   Assistant U.S. Attorneys David McCrary and Jason Harley prosecuted the case.

This case is part of the work of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, the Department of Justice’s signature initiatives to address and reduce drug-related criminal activity.

Reference is made to court filings for further information.  To download a photo of U.S. Attorney Downing, click here.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated June 23, 2020