Tulsa World

Tulsan sentenced under drug kingpin law to 21 years He admitted to running a cocaine and marijuana traffickin­g ring

- By Curtis Killman Curtis Killman 918-581-8471 curtis.killman @tulsaworld.com Twitter: @loucardfan­61

Tulsa drug kingpin Larry Oscar Douglas Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years in federal prison after he admitted to running a marijuana and cocaine traffickin­g ring and ordering someone to “take care of” a cohort who was later murdered.

U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan sentenced Douglas, 45, to concurrent 20-year and 21-year sentences for respective guilty pleas to charges of witness intimidati­on and continuing a criminal enterprise, or the socalled “kingpin statute.”

“The punishment fits the crime,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Litchfield afterward. “He's off the playing table for quite some time as well he needed to be.”

A federal grand jury in April initially named Douglas in a two-count witness tampering indictment involving Douglas' girlfriend.

Federal prosecutor­s later charged Douglas May 16 with the drug kingpin statute violations and conspiring to intimidate another federal witness.

The federal witness linked to the new charges against Douglas was Dale Childress, whose body was found Feb. 25, 2015, along a highway near Wichita, Kansas.

Douglas in his plea agreement recounted his plans for Childress after he became concerned he “knew too much” about his drug traffickin­g operation and had fallen behind on payments for drugs.

“I told James Marshall that Dale was `f--- up' and directed Marshall to `take care of it,'” Douglas wrote in his plea.

Childress at the time was a potential witness to the 2014 shooting death of Douglas' estranged wife, Amanda Drywater-Douglas, 26, and Jennifer “Sudar” Sanders, 37, at the Bristol Park Apartments, 4414 S. Garnett Road.

James Marshall, 58, was sentenced to 16 years in prison in connection with Childress' shooting death.

A jury on April 22, 2016, convicted Quantell Jamar Alverson of two counts of first-degree murder in the connection with the deaths of the two women.

Tulsa Police have said they believe Douglas solicited others to kill his wife, but he was never charged.

In his plea agreement, Douglas admitted to traffickin­g cocaine, cocaine base and marijuana since about 2012.

“I manufactur­ed crack in Tulsa at various locations and arranged for cocaine and marijuana to be obtained in California or Texas and shipped or transporte­d to Tulsa,” Douglas said in his plea.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores, in a statement, lauded the FBI and investigat­ors in Oklahoma and Kansas for their efforts to “take down” Douglas' drug operation.

“Kingpins like Douglas can wreck communitie­s,” Shores said. “His organizati­on utilized fear and violence as tools of the trade.

“We are all safer with Larry Douglas in federal prison.”

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