Suspect pleads not guilty to Oklahoma drug conspiracy case


 A northeastern Oklahoma gang member allegedly involved in distributing $10 million worth of cocaine from Mexican drug cartels has pleaded not guilty to a variety of drug and conspiracy charges.

Court records show 47-year-old Rodney Roy Parker entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa to charges that were handed up by a grand jury in 2014.

Prosecutors say Parker was a fugitive for five years before his arrest Monday and is in the custody of U.S. marshals pending a detention hearing on Thursday. His attorney, John Campbell, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Among other things, Parker is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and intent to distribute marijuana. Parker faces up to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

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