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Prison Guards Sentenced in Aryan Brotherhood Methamphetamine Distribution Ring

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

OKLAHOMA CITY – MICAH LYNNE WASCHER, 37, and TRAVIS EUGENE WASCHER, 43, both of Canute, Oklahoma, were sentenced earlier today for their roles in distributing methamphetamine for incarcerated leaders of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood (UAB), announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Wyrick sentenced Micah Wascher to a term of imprisonment for 96 months, and Travis Wascher to a term of 30 months for his involvement.  The Court also imposed a term of 5 years supervised release for Micah Wascher and a term of 2 years supervised release for Travis Wascher.

"Today’s sentence shows that no one is above the law, even those who are supposed to enforce it," said U.S. Attorney Downing.  "I am pleased with the work of state corrections officials, and state and federal law enforcement to ensure Oklahoma’s prisons are free of this sort of corruption."

On September 19, 2019, Travis Wascher pleaded guilty to a superseding information alleging possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  On September 26, 2019, Micah Wascher pleaded guilty to Count 2 of the original indictment alleging possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

The Waschers were, at the time of the offenses, Correctional Officers at the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, Oklahoma.  In late 2018, Ms. Wascher began smuggling methamphetamine and contraband cell phones into the prison at the direction of UAB members in exchange for money and narcotics for her personal use.  Additionally, Ms. Wascher transferred and managed drug proceeds for various UAB members using Green Dot prepaid cards, as well as other payment methods such as PayPal and Walmart Pay.  Several months later, during Spring 2019, Ms. Wascher involved her husband Travis Wascher in the scheme to smuggle the narcotics and phones into the prison.

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

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


Updated January 29, 2020

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