Man charged with running drug ring from his jail cell

Man imprisoned for 1993 murder accused of directing almost two dozen conspirators to distribute drugs in Kansas.


State News

March 5, 2020 - 10:18 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man serving a 90-year sentence for participating in the 1993 murder of a Kansas corrections officer is charged in a 55-count federal indictment with running a drug ring from his Oklahoma prison cell.

The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release Wednesday that 47-year-old Travis Knighten was the brains behind a criminal organization that distributed methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine powder, crack cocaine and marijuana in Wichita. No attorney is listed for Knighten in online court records. 

Prosecutors said he used cell phones that he obtained while in custody to direct the movements of almost two dozen conspirators, including a fellow inmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. The conspirators also maintained five properties in Wichita as stash houses for processing and storing drugs, the release said.

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