An alleged drug dealer and three postal carriers face charges for a methamphetamine drug conspiracy that was carried out using the U.S. postal system, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Kamau Jahi Williams, 42; Erick Scott, 49; Christine Conner, 54, all of Tulsa; and Shawn Boike, 46, of Skiatook, with drug conspiracy. The indictment was unsealed today after the defendants made initial appearances in federal court. Starting as early as December 2019, the defendants allegedly conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
“Methamphetamine remains one of the most abused and dangerous drugs in Oklahoma,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Those who participate in the distribution of methamphetamine in our communities, including federal employees, will be held accountable under the law. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn McCormick, lead attorney for the district’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, will prosecute this case for the United States.”
“All federal government employees hold the public’s trust to execute their job with the utmost integrity and responsibility,” said Dallas Field Division Special Agent in Charge, Eduardo A. Chavez, who oversees all DEA operations in Oklahoma. “When that is broken, they must be held accountable, and DEA Tulsa will stand firm to ensure public service puts our communities’ safety first.”
Williams allegedly ran the conspiracy in the Northern District of Oklahoma with the support of three Tulsa postal workers from the Apache Street Post Office. As part of the conspiracy, Williams’ source of supply in California mailed shipments of methamphetamine to an abandoned Tulsa address through the U.S. Postal Service. Postal carriers Scott, Boike and Conner allegedly intercepted those packages. As part of the conspiracy, the employees marked the packages as delivered and would then meet Williams at various locations in Tulsa to deliver the methamphetamine packages. Williams would allegedly send payment for the drugs to the California source of supply and also distribute the drug.
“The vast majority of U.S. Postal Service employees would never dream of violating the public trust in this manner. But for those who do, the USPS Office of Inspector General, along with our state and federal law enforcement partners, will aggressively investigate egregious misconduct such as this,” said Special Agent in Charge Scott Pierce, Southern Area Field Office. “These arrests are a testament to the dedication and determination of the investigative team and should send a strong message to anyone who might participate in this sort of activity.”
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn McCormick is prosecuting the case.