Another 22 people have been accused of involvement in a drug ring that used a south Oklahoma City car wash to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine.
The new defendants were charged Monday in Oklahoma City federal court with conspiracy to possess at least 85 pounds of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Nineteen were arrested Thursday. Thirteen people were charged earlier.
Most of the new defendants were identified by an FBI agent as distributors for the organization.
One new defendant, Daniee Avila, was identified by the agent as a “brujo” — a witch doctor — who “conducted and performed the blessing of drug shipments for the organization.”
The FBI agent reported a confidential informant said another defendant, Pamela Davis, “use to work as a correctional officer at the Lawton prison and would regularly bring contraband, including drugs, into the facility.”
Davis was spotted at the car wash on June 15 and July 5, according to the agent's affidavit.
Prosecutors allege the leader of the organization was Iran Juan Zamarripa Carrillo, who was arrested in August in Corpus Christi, Texas, after being charged in Oklahoma with conspiracy.
The FBI agent, Casey S. Cox, reported Zamarripa obtained methamphetamine from suppliers in Mexico, had semi-truck drivers deliver multiple pounds of the drug to Oklahoma City and then had the drivers pick up “thousands of dollars in drug proceeds.”
The agent reported Zamarripa made daily phone calls from Corpus Christi to associates who oversaw the distribution and sale of meth from the El Lagunero car wash at 2418 SW 59 in Oklahoma City.
Investigators in August seized 66 pounds of meth and $323,400 in U.S. currency from an Oklahoma City residence.
Prosecutors described the investigation as ongoing. The FBI agent reported many of the new defendants were identified by those arrested earlier.