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April 14, 2012

Federal charges hit drug suspects

Indictment says nine dealt in cocaine, marijuana at Tahlequah house

— Attorneys for nine Tahlequah men arrested in a drug sting listened Friday as charges were brought against their clients.

All nine men were charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances.

The range of punishment for each defendant varies based on past criminal history.

Marion Antwine and John Keys could face life in prison. Antwaun Todd, Felix Gandy and Cameron Foster could face from 10 years to life in prison. Jonathan Gandy, Seneca Gandy and Darrick Antwine could face from 20 years to life in prison.

The indictment against the nine men was unsealed Friday after their arraignments. It alleges that over a period from June 2010 to April 2012, the arrested subjects distributed cocaine, 280 kilograms crack cocaine and less than 50 kilograms of marijuana in Tahlequah.

The indictment said the subjects maintained and distributed drugs from a house at 524 S. Lee St. in Tahlequah, known as “grandma’s house.”

Eleven different transactions between the arrested subjects and three confidential informants are detailed in the indictment, including an incident March 6 where “confidential informant #1” had a gun allegedly placed to his head by Todd.

“Darrick Antwine then told CI #1 that if his, Antwaun Todd’s unindicted co-conspiraor or CI #1’s name appeared in any indictment, CI #1 would be the first to get a bullet in the head,” the indictment alleges.

If convicted, the indictment states the men will have to forfeit money “equal to at least, but not limited to” $245,530, houses located at 522 S. Lee St., 523 S. Lee St., 524 S. Lee St. and 516 West Fox St. in Tahlequah.

The men will also forfeit four vehicles used in the alleged drug trade.

Kimberly E. West, magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, set June 4 as the date for the trial.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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