Prison Dealer –
Nov. 30, 2020 – Samuel Keeton, 41, of Menifee, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and to conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said.
Keeton assisted the prison gang between March 2016 and at least October 2016 by picking up and distributing methamphetamine and heroin on behalf of the Aryan Brotherhood and delivering drug proceeds to their associates outside of prison. According to the plea agreement, he also smuggled phones, drugs and other contraband into California State Prison Sacramento with the help of Southern California lawyer Kevin MacNamara. Keaton was one of 16 Aryan Brotherhood members and associates charged in June with directing killings and drug smuggling from within California’s most secure prisons by using contraband cellphones, encrypted chats, text messages, multimedia messages and email, prosecutors said.
They include nine current inmates charged with racketeering, conspiracy and other charges, and seven people outside prison accused of assisting the gang in activities in Las Vegas and as far east as Missouri and South Dakota.
Among the inmates charged is Daniel “Danny” Troxell, 66, a convicted killer serving a life sentence who was known for writing a federal complaint in 2009 that eventually led California to curb the use of solitary confinement.