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Conspirator in Oklahoma meth, heroin ring gets 10 years in federal prison

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 17:26:44-05

A 10-year prison sentence has been handed down to a Tulsa man who pleaded guilty to involvement in a methamphetamine and heroin drug ring.

Dannie Dee Dill, 47, was given 10 years in a federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release. He had been identified as a Top Ten criminal through Operation Alpha, a Safe Neighborhoods initiative.

“Danny Dill’s drug dealing venture is now closed for business. No longer will he be able to distribute deadly narcotics like methamphetamine and black tar heroin,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said. “Thanks to the efforts of the Tulsa Police Department partnering with federal agents, this conspiracy has been shut down.”

Shores’ office says Dill pleaded guilty to the charges of drug conspiracy, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and removal of property to prevent seizure. The latter charge resulted from Dill removing $15,000 from co-conspirator Darowe Jones’ residence in an effort to hide the drug proceeds from investigators.

“From August 2017 to April 2018, Dill and his co-conspirators participated in a scheme to distribute illegal narcotics, including heroin and methamphetamine, in the greater Tulsa area,” a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. “As part of the scheme, Dill stored narcotics and drug proceeds at two different houses, one in Broken Arrow and one in Tulsa.  His narcotics source of supply sent illegal drug shipments for distribution from outside of the state of Oklahoma to the Broken Arrow location. To further his drug trafficking activities, Dill stored a loaded Glock handgun in the Broken Arrow home.”

Dill’s co-conspirators included Cherie Michelle Kelley, 36, Cynthia Santagata, 32, and Darowe Junior Jones, 39, all of Tulsa. Jones, also labeled a “Top Ten” Alpha criminal, was a one-stop shop for the distribution of methamphetamine, black-tar heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, and Xanax, according to Shores. 

On Oct. 24, a jury convicted Jones of conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than 100 grams of heroin.  He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28. Kelley pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges and will be sentenced Dec.18. Santagata also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and will be sentenced Jan. 8, according to federal officials.

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