The Ardmoreite
An Ardmore man, accused of operating a methamphetamine distribution ring from behind prison walls, and a number of his alleged operatives appeared for case conferences in Carter County District Court Friday. But only three cases surrounding Eric Jackson and his more than 20 co-defendant’s moved forward.
Court records show Terra Daniels, Christie Ramirez and Audria McGee waived preliminary hearings on charges of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Daniels, Ramirez and McGee are scheduled to make formal arraignment appearances in district court June 14. The trio were among a group of locals arrested Feb. 17 during a raid that shut down Jackson’s alleged illegal enterprise. The raid, that centered in Ardmore but tentacled across the state, marked the end of a year-long investigation that lists 26 law enforcement officers serving with OBN, Ardmore Police Department, Narcotics Division, Carter County Sheriff’s Department, OHP, Ada Police Department, Lighthorse Police Department and the District 22 Task Force as participants.
Jackson and the majority of his co-defendants, including several that were transferred from state prisons to the Carter County Detention Center for their court appearances, will return to court for round two of pre-trial proceedings. Those slated to reappear June 2 for status conferences include: Jackson, Krystal Barber, Amanda Skinner, Amanda Testerman, Susanne Mattly, Adonica Hensley, Eric Nunez, Chad Senne, Shawn Williams,  Benito Soto, Edward Uribe, Josuha Sabo, Tiffany Laster, Mathew Strand and Kyle Buckley.
Buckley, who is currently serving Garfield County sentences at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, did manage to earn a contempt of court citation during his brief appearance Friday. Special District Judge Carson Brooks sanctioned him to six months in the Carter County Detention Center.
OBN attorneys are prosecuting the massive case. While many of the defendants are prisoners in state prisons or carried out their alleged roles in the meth distribution ring in other parts of the state, the entire case is filed in Carter County.
District Attorney Craig Ladd talked about the change in prosecution in a March 26 interview with The Ardmoreite, saying, “Our office prosecutes the vast majority of OBN cases which are filed in Carter County, but this particular prosecution is a unique endeavor. When the attorneys from OBN staffed these cases with me months ago, they offered to serve as lead prosecutors. I know them to be extremely competent prosecutors so I took them up on their offer.”
Bryant Knox, OBN Agent-in-charge in Ardmore, said the ring was operated via cell phone conversations. The case took months of investigation. The probe was led by OBN, Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Ardmore Police Department.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant described the investigation that cumulated in the shut down of the prison operated ring, “a massive undertaking.”