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Oklahoma Prison Inmate Accused of Leading Meth Ring

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged an Oklahoma State Penitentiary inmate and more than a dozen other people in a drug conspiracy involving the widespread distribution of meth in Oklahoma. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Muskogee announced federal indictments Thursday naming 17 people, including 35-year-old Cody McClendon of Tahlequah, an alleged Indian Brotherhood gang member currently housed at the state prison in McAlester. Prosecutors allege McClendon used a contraband cellphone from inside the prison to coordinate the meth distribution ring. Those indicted are accused of promoting a "climate of fear through threats of violence" to protect and expand the drug operation.