Federal officials and Norman police said Friday they have busted up a drug ring that involved 44 people in the illegal distribution of an often abused prescription painkiller.
An FBI agent reported the leaders of the conspiracy were a couple and their three sons who used their long-established Norman heating and air conditioning company to operate the drug ring and to store some pain tablets. Stephan Compton, Deborah Compton and their three sons, Joshua Compton, Zacharry Compton and Jeremy Scott Compton, were among 24 federal drug conspiracy defendants arrested Friday. Their business was identified as Comptons Air Quality Experts, 5450 Huettner Drive in Norman. Norman police reported 18 others allegedly involved in the drug ring were arrested Friday on state warrants. Police reported a 19th state suspect is accounted for, and the arrest warrant for a 20th state suspect is outstanding. Authorities named their yearlong investigation "Operation Pill Box.” They said the conspirators were involved in sales of the pain medication oxycodone. A brand name of the drug is OxyContin. Slang names include "OC,” "OX,” "kicker” and "hillbilly heroin.” None of those arrested were doctors, authorities said.
Confidential sources used to buy drugsIn a court affidavit, the FBI agent reported the Comptons used others to obtain oxycodone prescriptions from doctors. "In many instances,” Joshua Compton and his roommate, Calvin Ray Pressley, "drove these individuals to their doctors’ appointments and to pharmacies to fill the prescriptions,” the agent reported. The FBI agent also reported authorities used confidential sources to make drug buys.
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Federal defendants arrested Here is a list of the 24 federal defendants arrested Friday. Norman police Friday would not release a list of the 20 state suspects:
• Joshua Ryan Compton, 24, Norman
• Zacharry Lawrence Compton, 21, Noble
• Jeremy Scott Compton, 23, Norman
• Stephan Scott Compton, 46, Noble
• Deborah Jeann Compton, 44, Noble
• Fares Abdo Bayazeed, 55, Norman
• Calvin Ray Pressley, 56, Norman
• Timothy Lavelle Carter, 40, Noble
• Rebecca Carter, 31, Noble
• Matthew Lee Palmer, 26, Norman
• Lindi Marissa Applegate, 22, Norman
• Calvin Dieter Schwab, 19, Noble
• Tommy Randy Seeds, 49, Oklahoma City
• Gary Lee "Butch” Simmons, 41, Wellston
• Latasha "Chocolate” Sullivan, 30, Oklahoma City
• Kathy Sue Patterson, 52, Lexington
• James Joe Ross, 49, Lexington
• Ranita Largent, 49, Oklahoma City
• Donna Mae Dady, 68, Oklahoma City
• James Roy Skinner, 47, Oklahoma City
• Charleda Skinner, 56, Oklahoma City
• David Leroy LeCrone, 56, Norman
• Timothy Arron Wolf, 40, Oklahoma City
• Martha Earlene Phillips, 65, Oklahoma City Source: U.S. Attorney’s office
The following defendants are examples of 2009 releases on personal recognizance bonds, according to Cleveland County District Court records: →Richard Randall, 49, Oklahoma City, charged with four counts of lewd molestation/indecent proposals to a child →Thomas Don Robinett, 25, Lexington, charged with assault and battery, domestic by strangulation (released with a stipulation not to have contact with the allesged victim) →Shaun Michael Foster, 24, Noble, charged with two counts second-degree rape, one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor →Roger Shrum, 42, Moore, charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and arson