McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Police/Courts

December 20, 2012

19 people charged in local meth-ring bust

McALESTER — Recently, 19 were charged in relation to a local methamphetamine-ring bust in Pittsburg County.

Two of the 19 were federally indicted and the other 17 were charged with various drug-related felonies in Pittsburg County District Court.

Shila Ann Parker, 32, of McAlester, was arraigned Dec. 13 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee. She is being charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute pseudoephedrine, used to manufacture methamphetamine, and nine counts of interstate travel or transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises. Parker is currently in custody with the U.S Marshal Service pending a Feb. 5 jury trial.

Parker is being charged along side co-defendant Larry Eugene Pirpich Jr., 53, of McAlester. Pirpich is facing the same federal felonies as Parker and is set to be arraigned on Jan. 16.

Charges against Parker arose from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Bureau of Indian Affairs, McAlester Police Department, Oklahoma District Attorney District 18 Drug Task Force, Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office, Choctaw Nation Tribal Police, Krebs Police Department, Stillwater Police Department, Shawnee Police Department, Tulsa Police Department, Broken Arrow Police Department, Kiowa Police Department, Lamar County Texas Sheriff’s Office and the Sherman, Texas, Police Department.

The indictment alleges that from January 2010 to July 2012, Parker and Pirpich conspired with one another to possess and distribute a pseudoephedrine, knowing the pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

“While residing in McAlester ... Parker and Pirpich would purchase Pseudoephedrine from locations within Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere,” a press release from the U.S Attorney’s office - EDOK. “Parker and Pirpich possessed Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and Ohio state identification which enabled them to make Pseudoephedrine purchases in multiple states. The Defendants were aware of the Pseudoephedrine purchase limits in Oklahoma and would travel to other states to make Pseudoephedrine purchases when their purchase limits had been met in Oklahoma.”

The press release alleges Parker and Pirpich purchased more than 9 grams of Pseudoephedrine in a single day. “During the course of the conspiracy, Parker individually purchased 1.14 kilograms of Pseudoephedrine and Pirpich individually purchased 1.82 kilograms of Pseudoephedrine,” the press release alleges. “At times throughout the conspiracy, Parker and Pirpich would steal, attempt to steal or purchase items utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine, in addition to Pseudoephedrine, such as lithium batteries, camp fuel, denatured alcohol, and acetone.”

If convicted, Parker are Pirpich are facing up to 20 years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine on the first count. For each of the remaining counts, they are facing up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Three Savanna residents and one McAlester resident are accused of conspiring with Parker and Pirpich to possess substances used to manufacture methamphetamine.

• Allen Ray Crawley, 59, of Savanna;

• Janet Gaynell Crawley, 52, of Savanna;

• George Ward Schnexnaider, 51, of Savanna, and

• Sharol Jean Martin, 53, of McAlester.

They were all charged Dec. 13 in Pittsburg County District Court with conspiracy to possess a precursor substance with intent to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance.

Allen Crawley and Janet Crawley were also charged Dec. 18 in Pittsburg County District Court with conspiracy to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) in the presence of minor children. The Crawleys were charged in this case along with their daughter, Stephanie Crawley, 29, of Savanna. The charge alleges that the three Crawleys were manufacturing methamphetamine in their home, where two children, ages 9 and 10, lived with them.

Also charged in Pittsburg County District Court were 12 other local residents accused of unlawfully purchasing pseudoephedrine.

• Donald Joe Zukosky, 44, of Haileyville, was charged Dec. 13 with 12 felony counts of unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine after a conviction for a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Marcus Delanzo Weaver, 39, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with 12 felony counts of unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine after a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Sheridan Sexton Jr., 34, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with five felony counts of unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine after a conviction for a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Tiffany Kay Markland, 24, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with 20 felony counts of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine after a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Karolyn Renee Lebaron, 28, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with 24 felony counts of unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine after a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Lindsey Diann Kerns, 29, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with three felony counts of unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine after a conviction for a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Bobby Dewayne Justice Jr., 27, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with 11 felony counts of unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine after a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Terry Dale Hill, 49, of Hartshorne, was charged Dec. 13 with seven felony counts of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine after a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Janice Elaine Benson, 49, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with 23 felony counts of unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine after a conviction for a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Jerry Don Barnes, 46, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with 29 felony counts of unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine after a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Shon Wayne Skidmore, 42, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with 13 felony counts of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine after a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.

• Melanie Dawn Leffler, 40, of McAlester, was charged Dec. 13 with 13 felony counts of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine after a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.

Leffler was also charged Dec. 14 with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine), possession of controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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