Oklahoma, Colorado, And Illinois Residents Among Nine Indicted For Conspiracy To Harvest Marijuana In Colorado For Distribution To Oklahoma, Illinois And Other States
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Nine people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Oklahoma City charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. The nine defendants charged in this conspiracy are:
- Terry Hardin Wilkerson, 71, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
- William Jesse Hoge, 53, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
- Curtis Frank Wagner, 49, from Crestone, Colorado,
- David A. Geubelle, 45, from Highland Park, Illinois,
- Crystal Adams, 45, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
- Marty Shellabarger, 67, from Moffatt, Colorado,
- Skylar J. Freeman, 25, from Crestone, Colorado,
- Shawn N. Maminakis, 34, from Crestone, Colorado, and
- David Lincoln Steele, 48, from Crestone, Colorado.
According to the indictment, from November of 2013 through April 24, 2014, the defendants were members of a drug trafficking organization that conspired to possess and provide more than 100 kilograms of marijuana from indoor and eventually outdoor marijuana grow facilities in Colorado to be transported and redistributed in Oklahoma, Illinois, and other states. It is further alleged that the defendants frequently communicated with cell phones and used coded language such as “farm” (the grow facilities in Colorado) and “Christmas Trees,” “Trees” or “Green” (marijuana) in an attempt to conceal the illegal nature of their conversations. The indictment alleges that the defendants used, distributed, and stored marijuana at various locations in the Oklahoma City and Crestone, Colorado, areas. The indictment seeks forfeiture of over $66,000 in cash, and properties located at 4500 North West 31st Place, 2101 North West 59th Street, and 3346 Willow Brook Road, all in Oklahoma City, and a property located at 9817 Stonebridge Drive, in Yukon, Oklahoma. For more information, reference is made the attached indictment.
If convicted, the defendants face no less than five and up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of $5,000,000. The defendants are all presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation "Operation Stale Smoke" led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Valuable assistance was also provided by the United States Attorneys’ Offices for the District of Colorado and the Northern District of Illinois. This case is being prosecuted in the Western District of Oklahoma by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Petermann and David L. Walling.