Phoenix Staff Reports
Two Tahlequah women pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to cooking methamphetamine in a home where a toddler was present or resided.
Brenda Toniece Vann, 54, pleaded guilty to:
• Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, punishable by not less than 10 years and/or up to an $8,000,000 fine.
• Manufacture of methamphetamine, punishable by not less than 10 years and/or up to an $8,000,000 fine.
• Manufacture of methamphetamine on premises where children are present or reside, punishable by not more than 20 years in prison and/or up to a $250,000 fine.
Lisa Autumn Shiann Creech, 23, pleaded guilty to manufacture of methamphetamine on premise where children are present or reside, which is punishable by not more than 20 years in prison and/or up to $250,000.
Andrew Kelli Braddock, 20, was indicted in March of the same charges as Vann, but has not entered a plea.
Vann was arrested in February after Tahlequah City Hospital employees notified law enforcement that Vann’s granddaughter was being treated for chemical burns.
Vann originally told investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office that she didn’t know how the child was injured, but then allegedly admitted she used and cooked methamphetamine. Sheriff’s officials searched Vann’s home and found methamphetamine lab components inside her vehicle, they said.
Vann was arrested in early February, according to court documents, was freed on $75,000 bond, then arrested days later during a traffic stop and allegedly found to possess methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Vann was charged in Cherokee County District Court on Feb. 14 with child neglect and endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance. She was charged Feb. 26 with possession of controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
A bench warrant for Vann’s arrest was issued April 8 after she failed to appear at a scheduled court date, according to court records.
Neither Creech nor Braddock were charged in state court.