$1M-per-week Oklahoma prison drug ring busted

Posted at 10:12 AM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 12:24:16-04

MIAMI, Okla. - Investigators have busted a drug ring that they said was being run from inside an Oklahoma prison.

Authorities believe inmate Slint Tate, 33, was calling the shots from inside Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

According to police, the operation was running at least 5 pounds of meth and $1 million per week.

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Tate is accused of using several contraband cell phones to communicate. So far 12 people have been arrested in Delaware, Ottawa and Oklahoma counties.

Ten to 20 more could be taken into custody.

"Over the next couple of weeks we will continue to pick them off one at a time until, uh, we've got everybody we can," said Kenny Wright, District Attorney for the 13th District.

Tate is serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole for the murder of a Delaware County deputy in 1999. Tate was 16 at the time of the murder.

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