Drug trafficking kingpin testifies, receives 50 years

BY MATT DINGER Published: February 25, 2010
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ANADARKO — A man authorities say was the kingpin of a methamphetamine ring pleaded guilty Wednesday to trafficking charges and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Estanistao Casas, 53, was at the center of a large-scale operation — including the wire transfer of drug proceeds to Mexico — when he was arrested last year in Caddo County, said Susan Rogers, general counsel of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.

"Casas, who is an illegal alien, told the court on the record that he had been sending profits from dealing home to his parents through wire transfers,” she said.

"We had an informant that got us inside the group. (Casas) insulates himself as much as possible. He’s only going to sell to people he knows. He would leave drugs buried in a can, and have them come pick it up. He would pay others to drive from Oklahoma City. Those people are very hard to catch,” Rogers said.

Casas testified in court that he had brought more than $500,000 in methamphetamine into Caddo County over the past six or seven years, District Attorney Bret Burns said.