Alleged kingpin nabbed

 

A leading figure in a federal drug case in Tulsa is arrested at a California movie theater.

A man who was named one of the "U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted" for his alleged violent acts during an eight-year drug conspiracy with ties to Tulsa was arrested Monday at a movie theater in Long Beach, Calif.

Darrell Dwight Bellamy had just bought a ticket to see "Sum of All Fears" shortly before 3 p.m. when U.S. marshals from the Los Angeles Regional Task Force moved in and captured him, authorities said.

Bellamy, 33, is charged in federal court in Tulsa with heading an organization that distributed more than 150 kilograms of cocaine powder and more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, plus a smaller amount of crack cocaine, in a Phoenix-to-Tulsa-to-Detroit corridor from 1993 until a July 2001 indictment.

He was added to the Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" fugitive list in April at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Rick Holden, of the Tulsa office, said Bellamy was scheduled for a Tuesday evening hearing in California in advance of being transferred to Tulsa.

"This case was made one of our highest priorities due to the violent nature of the crimes alleged to be committed by Bellamy," Holden said. "We finally got our man."

Members of the U.S. marshals-led task force in California received information about Bellamy's possible whereabouts from Northern District of Oklahoma deputy marshals a few hours before his arrest.

"After receiving the information, we were able to close in on Bellamy and make the arrest without incident," said the Los Angeles Regional Task Force's coordinator, Deputy Marshal Supervisor Kurt Ellingson.

Besides being charged under the so-called "drug kingpin" statute, Bellamy was accused by the grand jury of taking part in the torture of an Arizona woman with hot oil and an iron after he learned that $291,000 in alleged drug proceeds was missing.

He also is suspected of laundering drug proceeds by gambling thousands of dollars in Las Vegas casinos under a false name while using the Social Security number of his infant son.

The Marshals Service alleges that Bellamy has ordered gunpoint assaults and "has abused many witnesses and girlfriends."

The drug conspiracy trial for some of Bellamy's alleged co-conspirators began June 3 and is expected to last until early July in federal court in Tulsa.

Marlin James Mack, 30, William Sherman Ray, 29, Timothy John Vaughn, 35, Kenneth Wayne Stiger, 37, and Stephen Ramont Hardridge, 32, are accused of taking part in the alleged scheme.

Mack was charged May 24 in Tulsa County District Court with two counts of first-degree murder in the Feb. 17, 2000, killings of Dana Lamar James and Marvin DeShawn Teague.

Although he is not specifically charged in U.S. District Court with murder, the slayings are alleged in a July 13 federal indictment as acts in furtherance of the alleged drug conspiracy.

Nicole Marshall, World staff writer, can be reached at 581-8459 or via e-mail at nicole.marshall@tulsaworld.com .