KKK rallies on property FBI raided in meth case

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Updated: 4/30/2013 9:14 am Published: 4/26/2013 10:19 pm

More suspects are being targeted in a federal meth conspiracy case that is now unsealed.

Sources tell FOX23 News there could be more arrests in a federal meth conspiracy case that has already led to three arrests.

In the 13-count indictment FBI agents name Harold Staples III, 59, Christopher Staples, 29, and Buel Hamilton, 61, as part of the meth conspiracy that goes back four years.

“I have never ever in my life, bought sold, used drugs,” said Harold Staples III.

He agreed to speak with FOX23 News again, but says he won’t show his face until he better understands the charges against him.

“We just have to wait and see that’s all I can do,” said Staples III.

The indictment says if all three suspects are convicted, money, guns, ammo and five homes in West and North Tulsa will be seized.

One of the women who lived in the home was not named in the indictment, but says police stop at her home every year looking for bad guys. She says she doesn’t know who the suspects are in the pictures shown to her by officers.

FOX23 News looked up property records and found one of the homes in North Tulsa listed in the indictment was once owned by a Harold Staples. Three of the homes in North Tulsa were sold to the same man, who was not listed in the indictment.

FOX23 News also learned there were Ku Klux Klans meetings at the Staples property in the 4800 block of S. 49th W. Avenue in 1996 and 1997.

“They had a Ku Klux Klan meeting at top of the hill at this guy’s house,” said Eddy Kelch.

He’s lived in the West Tulsa neighborhood for nearly three decades and remembers the controversy over the meeting.

“That field back there behind that building was loaded with law enforcement cars, highway patrol, sheriffs, city,” said Kelch.

Staples III said he denied being a Klansman.

“What do you want me to say? When I was pretty young my dad leased the pasture to them twice. Does that make me, him or my kids KKK?” said Staples III.

He said his father leased his land to the Klan twice in the 1990’s. Staples says he remembers the rally recruiting new members.

“I did hear some things and he was pretty good,” said Staples III.

Newspaper articles state only white people were allowed at the meeting and it was going to be a peaceful meeting that included a burning of the cross.

Nothing violent reportedly happened at the rally on the Staples property but it’s one that neighbors won’t forget and law enforcement tell FOX23 News when the Staples name surfaces they are reminded of the rallies.

Federal court records show Harold Staples III was federally charged and convicted in the 1990s for having an assault weapon that was converted to an automatic rifle. The Supreme Court later reversed the decision and cleared his charges.

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Steve In Tulsa - 5/17/2013 9:01 AM
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Democrats will never give up their racism.

Unwashed Mass - 4/27/2013 4:15 PM
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"One of the woman who lived in (a rental) home was not named in the indictment but says police stop at her home every year looking for bad guys" It sounds like they have been targeting this family for decades, and that could be a whole other story.

Unwashed Mass - 4/27/2013 4:12 PM
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We had a race riot in Tulsa years ago; that make us guilty of what?
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