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Convicted murderer sentenced for distributing meth from prison

Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 18:49:28-04

A convicted murdered was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for conspiring to distribute meth from prison.

Officials said Slint Kenneth Tate, 36, orchestrated a drug ring using contraband cell phones and involved more than 500 grams of meth being distributed throughout northeastern Oklahoma.

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According to police at the time of the drug bust, the operation was running at least five pounds of meth and earning $1 million per week.

“While doing life without parole in the state prison system, Slint Tate continued to pose a significant threat to the general public. His criminal organization - from within the prison walls - trafficked drugs and sponsored violence, facilitated by the use of contraband cell phones,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Operation Mama Tried resulted in the dismantling of the Slint Tate organization. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma stands ready to prosecute contraband cellphone facilitated crimes. Whether you use the contraband phones or provide them, we will hold you accountable.”

Slint is already serving a life sentence for murdering a Delaware County deputy in 1999. He was 16 at the time of the murder.

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