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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Tecumseh woman arrested in meth raid nets 50-year prison term

  • A Tecumseh woman — one of two key targets arrested with more than 40 suspects during a massive methamphetamine raid in 2012 — was sentenced Wednesday to serve 50 years in prison.
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    A Tecumseh woman — one of two key targets arrested with more than 40 suspects during a massive methamphetamine raid in 2012 — was sentenced Wednesday to serve 50 years in prison.
    Linda Jean Ellis, 50, appeared before District Judge John Canavan, who sentenced her on nine felony charges relating to that methamphetamine case.
    Ellis will have to serve 85 percent of her sentence, which is 42.5 years, before she’s eligible for parole at the age of 92.
    More than 125 law enforcement officers from numerous agencies participated in the daylong raid June 27, 2012, where simultaneous warrants were served around Shawnee and arrests were made in the months-long undercover drug case. More than $112,000 in cash, along with methamphetamine, was seized during those raids.
    The undercover drug investigation involved at least six pounds of methamphetamine that was being brought to the Shawnee and Tecumseh areas each week. Drug agents, who said the drugs were uncut and could be cut several more times, estimated each pound would have produced 2,700 doses of the drug.
    Ellis, who last month pleaded guilty to nine counts, was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated trafficking, aggravated trafficking of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution of controlled dangerous substance, and three counts of trafficking in illegal drugs.
    She was sentenced to five years on counts of unlawful use of a communication facility and unlawful use of surveillance equipment, along with a 10-year-sentence for acquiring proceeds from drug activity. All sentences are set to run concurrently.
    Among all those arrested in the raid, Ellis and Steven Dale Faulkner, 54, Tecumseh, were the two high-profile targets sought from this area as prosecutors alleged they were taking $30,000 every other day to Oklahoma City to buy methamphetamine coming in from Mexico.
    Faulkner is scheduled for a jury trial in November.
    Ellis will remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until she is transferred to a state prison to begin serving her sentence.
     
     

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