An investigation that began in Ardmore concerning drug activity carried out by members of the Indian Brotherhood Gang has led to trafficking charges against two prison inmates.
Charges of conspiracy to traffic drugs were filed earlier this month in Beckham County District Court at Sayre. The charges accuse 35-year-old Tyler Jones and 27-year-old Steven Jenkins, both identified as ranking members of the IBH, of “issuing orders to sell and pick up one to four-ounces of methamphetamine weekly from Jones’ drug house in Beckham County and distributing the drug in several communities throughout the state, including Ardmore.”
According to reports, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Ardmore Police Department and OBN launched an investigation in November 2015, into the prison led drug distributorship. The investigation revealed Jones, who was at the time and currently remains incarcerated in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, was operating the business through the use of a contraband cell phone. Jenkins was assisting Jones, from outside prison walls, in the illegal enterprise.
Subsequently, a search warrant was executed by the Beckham County Sheriff’s Office, Elk City Police Department, District 2 Drug Task Force and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics on Jones’ drug house. The search warrant yielded approximately eight ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, scales, baggies, pipes, liquid steroids, cash and an illegal gun.
Investigators said throughout the probe into the IBH, “… several gang members proved themselves extremely violent and dangerous. A prison riot was ordered by the alleged ‘Chief’ of IBH as a direct result of this in-depth investigation.”
In addition, less than a month after the investigation rolled out Jenkins was arrested and charged with an unrelated near-deadly stabbing in Ardmore. Jenkins fled, but U.S. Marshals located him in Wewoka on Jan. 4, 2016. He was returned to Ardmore. He pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Carter County District Court just two months ago and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Oklahoma Department of Corrections records show he is currently incarcerated in the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center.
Neither Jones nor Jenkins have been transferred to Beckham County to face the latest charges against them.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said this case, much like the recent one charging Eric Jackson, another prison kingpin, and more than 20 of his minions who face charges in a similar case in Carter County, demonstrates the width and depth of the illegal drug trade.
“Drugs are a serious business and a business that won’t be given up easily. But what these two cases also demonstrate is we are equally as serious and committed to shutting off the flow of illegal drugs. We aren’t going to stop until the job’s done,” he said.