United States Attorney Clint Johnson today announced the results of the February 2022 Federal Grand Jury B.
The following individuals have been charged with violations of United States law in indictments returned by the Grand Jury. The return of an indictment is a method of informing a defendant of alleged violations of federal law, which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome a defendant’s presumption of innocence.
Earl Dean Baker III. Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force and Threat in Indian Country (Count 1); Sexual Abuse by Threat and Fear in Indian Country (Count 2); Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition (Counts 3,4); Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute (Count 5) (superseding). Baker, 33, of Tulsa, allegedly raped and threatened a woman on Nov. 3, 2021. In this superseding indictment, he is further charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He possessed Taurus 605 Protector Poly .38 SPL+P caliber revolver on June 21, 2021, and a SCCY CPX-2 9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol on Aug. 9, 2019. Finally he is charged with being in possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The FBI, Tulsa Police Department, and Muscogee Nation Lighthorse Police Department are the investigative Agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie A. Childress is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-02
Zane Paul Bennett. Unlawfully Making a Destructive Device. Bennett, 20, of Broken Arrow, is alleged to have knowingly and unlawfully made a destructive device, described as cardboard tubes secured together with black roofing tape, having a cannon fuse attached, and containing a pyrotechnic explosive and shrapnel consisting of rivets, fishhooks, and screws. The device was found on Jan. 24, 2022, during a traffic stop. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Broken Arrow Police Department, Tulsa Police Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert T. Raley and Christopher J. Nassar are prosecuting the case. See Complaint press release here. 22-CR-56
Kevin Lynn Greer. Felon in Possession of a Firearm; Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography; Possession of Child Pornography in Indian Country (superseding). Greer, 50, of Collinsville, is newly charged in this superseding indictment with knowingly receiving and distributing images and video files of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and with knowingly possessing and accessing the child sexual abuse material. Greer is also charged with being a felon in possession of two Remington 30-06 caliber rifles, a DoubleStar Corp 5.56mm caliber rifle, a Ruger .380 caliber pistol, a Smith & Wesson .45 auto caliber pistol, a Ruger 9mm pistol, a Taurus .357 Magnum caliver revolver, and 674 rounds of ammunition. He is further charged with possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana on Nov. 10, 2021. Finally, he is charged with possessing the firearms to further his illegal marijuana operation. The FBI executed federal search warrants on Greer’s Collinsville home and business on Nov. 10, 2021. According to a criminal complaint, agents located the firearms, ammunition and 4 kilograms of marijuana packaged in 41 plastic bags. The FBI is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex M. Scott is prosecuting the case. 21-CR-527
Britney Kay Hays. Financial Institution Fraud (1-4); Mail Fraud (Count 5); False Statements (Counts 6-10); Aggravated Identity Theft (Count 15); Failure to Appear (Count 16) (superseding). Hays, 29, of Tulsa, is newly charged in this superseding indictment with failing to appear for a pre-trial conference scheduled for Jan. 5, 2022, in federal court. Hays allegedly carried out a scheme to enrich herself. She fraudulently opened various accounts with another individual’s personal identifying information, such as date of birth, social security number and address, to conduct financial transactions on the internet or to make in-person purchases using debit or credit cards issued for the opened accounts. Hays further forged checks addressed to herself for deposit at various financial institutions or unlawfully paid to others on her behalf. Hays used the fraudulently opened accounts to conduct a series of purchases and transactions which caused an aggregate loss in the approximate total amount of at least $11,024.03. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney David D. Whipple is Prosecuting the case. 21-CR-360
Robert William Perry II. Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor Under 12 in Indian Country; Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor in Indian Country (superseding). Perry II, 31, is charged with sexually abusing a child under 12 years of age from May 6, 2017, to May 15, 2018. In this superseding indictment, count one has been updated to reflect the minor was under 12 years of age. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alex M. Scott and Valeria G. Luster are prosecuting the case. 20-CR-218
Jose Luis Suazo-Martinez. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Martinez, 21, of Tulsa, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after he was previously removed on July 15, 2020, at or near Dallas, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. McLoughlin is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-54
Miguel Angel Tapia-Teran. Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute. Tapia-Teran, 33, of Hermosillo, Mexico, is charged with knowingly possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on Jan. 25, 2022. He is further charged with knowingly possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine the same day. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel-lyn A. McCormick and Leah Paisner are prosecuting the case. 22-CR-50
Russell Wayne Toppah. Sexual Abuse of an Incapable Victim in Indian Country. On July 18, 2016, Toppah, 47, of Tulsa, knowingly sexually assaulted a victim who was incapacitated and incapable of providing consent. The FBI and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melody Noble Nelson is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-53
Xiao Yang Zhang. Drug Conspiracy (Count 1) Smuggling Goods into the United States (Counts 2,4,6); Importation of Ketamine (Counts 3,5, 7) Zhang, 28, a Chinese citizen living illegally in the United States, is charged with knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to possess with the intent to distribute ketamine. Zhang is alleged to have fraudulently and knowingly caused the drug to be brought into the United States. Various packages were allegedly mailed to Zhang disguised as retail goods but also contained hidden ketamine. The packages were intercepted on March 24, 25, and 30. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Buscemi is prosecuting the case. 21-CR-329