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Prison Guards Charged With Distributing Methamphetamine

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

OKLAHOMA CITY – MICAH LYNNE WASCHER, 36, and TRAVIS EUGENE WASCHER, 42, both of Canute, Oklahoma, have been charged with methamphetamine distribution, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.  The defendants are married and, at the time of the alleged offenses, were Correctional Officers for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections at the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre.

According to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed on July 30, Oklahoma Department of Corrections staff confiscated a cell phone from a North Fork inmate on May 27, 2019.  It is alleged the Department’s Security Threats Intelligence group discovered the phone contained evidence of regular communications among the inmate who had the phone, another inmate, and Micah Lynne Wascher.  The phone allegedly included evidence that the other inmate had been receiving money on a Green Dot prepaid credit card from Wascher.  Both inmates at issue are allegedly members of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood.

According to the affidavit, Department of Corrections officers obtained a warrant and searched the defendants’ home in Canute.  They discovered 72 grams of a white, crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as eleven cell phones.

Both defendants were arrested on August 6, 2019.  Today a federal grand jury returned an indictment that charges both of them with three crimes: conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and maintaining a drug-involved premises.

"Oklahomans expect prison officials to enforce our laws, not to use their positions to introduce contraband such as drugs and cell phones," said U.S. Attorney Downing.  "I am pleased to work with state corrections officials to ensure Oklahoma’s prisons are free of this sort of corruption."

If found guilty of either of the first two charges, each defendant faces a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000,000.  This crime carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.  Each defendant would also be required to serve a term of supervised release of at least four years and up to life.  If found guilty of the third charge, each could be imprisoned up to 20 years and be subject to a fine of up to $500,000, in addition to three years of supervised release.

This case is a result of an investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections—Security Threats Intelligence, the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Drug Task Force for District 2, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas J. Patterson and Jason Harley are prosecuting the case.

The public is reminded that these charges are merely allegations and that each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Reference is made to public filings for more information.

Updated August 7, 2019

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