A man who orchestrated two major drug conspiracies while he was an inmate at an Oklahoma Department of Corrections facility pleaded guilty in federal court this week, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
Tymalk Quane Love, 31, was charged with multiple counts of drug conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The drugs he helped traffic included methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl.
In a written plea agreement, Love admitted that from January 2018 to February 2019, he conspired with Anthony Ward Irving, Casey Joe Eastwood, and others, including a Tulsa “Facilitator,” to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and an unknown quantity of heroin.
While incarcerated, the defendant organized the other members’ activities and coordinated shipments, payments, and the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin. Love did so using contraband cell phones. Inmates are prohibited from possessing cell phones.
Anthony Irving lived in Arizona at the time of the conspiracy and helped provide large quantities of drugs to be redistributed. Casey Eastwood lived in Arkansas and helped redistribute the drugs to end-users. Love coordinated with both men and further instructed a Tulsa “Facilitator” on when and where to obtain, pay for, and distribute the drugs.
Love also admitted that the “Facilitator” possessed a firearm to protect the methamphetamine and drug proceeds from possible theft, and that this gun possession in furtherance of drug trafficking was reasonably foreseeable to him.
Love also admitted that from January to February 2019, he conspired with the Tulsa “Facilitator” to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl. Love again used contraband cell phones to communicate with the “Facilitator” from prison about when and in what manner pills laced with fentanyl and shipped from Mexico would be sent to the “Facilitator’s” house in Tulsa. The fentanyl pills, often referred to as “Mexican Oxys,” are illicitly manufactured in Mexico to look like prescription oxycodone tablets. Users frequently believe they are taking oxycodone or a comparable opioid, but the fentanyl laced pills, which are much stronger than oxycodone, often lead to overdose and death.
Love admitted that the proceeds from his drug conspiracies totaled $201,800.
If the Court accepts the parties’ plea agreement at sentencing, Love will receive a sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are the investigative agencies.