TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Federal authorities said members of a Tulsa gang distributed $10 million worth of cocaine from Mexican cartels and killed at least one witness since 2011.
More than 50 members and associates of the Hoover Crips have been charged with a total of about 240 criminal offenses.
The findings of the three-year, multi-agency investigation were included in an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Officials said gang members purchased cocaine and marijuana from cartels from 2011 to 2014 and operated Tulsa drug dens where cocaine was cooked, packaged and sold.
Authorities said at a Tuesday news conference that Donald Walters was the gang’s leader. He has been arrested and is being held in Tulsa County Jail without bond. Online jail records do not list an attorney for Walters.
U.S. Attorney Danny Williams told the Tulsa World that 23 people of the 51 indicted had been arrested by Tuesday afternoon. He said two people indicted in Ohio are being brought to Oklahoma to face charges.
He said the 238-page indictment is the largest in the history of the Northern District of Oklahoma.
“The impact to Tulsa cannot be understated,” Williams said. “This drug organization and these gang members affected every part of Tulsa, from violent crime to murder of federal witnesses to intimidation of witnesses to the harassment of neighborhoods.”
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