Three CO Men Charged In Drug And Murder Conspiracy

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Six men, including three from Colorado, are charged in connection with a conspiracy related to drug trafficking and an attempted murder-for-hire plot.

According to the Department of Justice, two of the arrestees are from Colorado Springs and have military ties. Kevin Corley, 29, and Samuel Walker, 28, both went to Laredo on March 24 and discussed the murder plot with undercover agents. They were accompanied by two others, including Shavar Davis, 29, of Denver.

In addition, Marcus Mickle, 20, and Calvin Epps, 26, both of Hopkins, S.C., were arrested in South Carolina. A sixth man, Mario Corley, 40, of Saginaw, Texas, was also taken into custody in relation to this case in Charleston, S.C.

The DOJ says the investigation began in January when Mickle began to negotiate for marijuana with undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agents posing as members of the Lot Zetas Cartel. Mickle and Epps allegedly told undercover agents about a friend in the military who could provide military weapons to them. The agents were later introduced to Corley, who allegedly identified himself as an active duty officer in the Army responsible for training soldiers. He offered to provide tactical training for cartel members and to purchase weapons for the cartel under his name.

Over the next several months, Corley allegedly remained in contact with the undercover agents regarding the equipment and training he could offer the cartel. Then in January of 2012, he met with the agents in Laredo and told them he could provide a team to raid a ranch where 20 kilograms of stolen cocaine were being kept by rival cartel members. He reportedly said he would complete the murder-for-hire with a small team for the cost of $50,000 and five kilograms of cocaine.

Corley also allegedly offered to provide security for Mickle and Epps’ purchase of 500 pounds of marijuana and transporting it from Texas to South Carolina.

On March 5, Corley delivered weapons, including two AR-15 assault rifles with scopes, an airsoft rifle, and ballistic vests, in exchange for $10,000. At that meeting, the undercover agent also asked Corley again about the contract killing. Corley allegedly replied that he had purchased a new knife to carve a “Z” into the victim’s chest, and was planning on buying a hatchet to dismember the body.

Then, on March 24, Corley, Walker and Davis went to Laredo to discuss the plan for the murder. They were arrested during a shootout in which a fourth suspect was shot and killed.

Inside of Corley’s car, the agents found two semi-automatic rifles with scopes, one bolt-action rifle with a scope and bipod, one hatchet, one Ka-Bar knife, one bag of .223 caliber ammunition, and one box of .300 caliber ammunition.

The criminal complaint charges the six men with conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking or violent crime. In addition, Corley, Mickle and Epps are also charged for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

In addition to the DEA, the FBI and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division participated in this investigation.


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  • by gt Location: denver on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    There are alot of people out there that do alot of bad things intentionally and some people that get in situations they may not have intended to be in. One of these men is a good friend of mine, a great family guy and respectfull. I firmly believe he got in this situation not knowing all the details.... and yes it was a bad choice, it doesn't mean he is an animal tho. I wish the best to him and his wonderfull family. As for the others that knew exactly what they were going there to do, they deserve what they get. If my friend really did know the whole situation than I can't describe how dissapointed I would be to find out but we all make our own decisions and must except the consequences. I will suport him to the end tho.
  • by gt Location: denver on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    There are alot of people out there that do alot of bad things intentionally and some people that get in situations they may not have intended to be in. One of these men is a good friend of mine, a great family guy and respectfull. I firmly believe he got in this situation not knowing all the details.... and yes it was a bad choice, it doesn't mean he is an animal tho. I wish the best to him and his wonderfull family. As for the others that knew exactly what they were going there to do, they deserve what they get. If my friend really did know the whole situation than I can't describe how dissapointed I would be to find out but we all make our own decisions and must except the consequences. I will suport him to the end tho.
  • by gt Location: denver on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    There are alot of people out there that do alot of bad things intentionally and some people that get in situations they may not have intended to be in. One of these men is a good friend of mine, a great family guy and respectfull. I firmly believe he got in this situation not knowing all the details.... and yes it was a bad choice, it doesn't mean he is an animal tho. I wish the best to him and his wonderfull family. As for the others that knew exactly what they were going there to do, they deserve what they get. If my friend really did know the whole situation than I can't describe how dissapointed I would be to find out but we all make our own decisions and must except the consequences. I will suport him to the end tho.
  • by gt Location: denver on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    There are alot of people out there that do alot of bad things intentionally and some people that get in situations they may not have intended to be in. One of these men is a good friend of mine, a great family guy and respectfull. I firmly believe he got in this situation not knowing all the details.... and yes it was a bad choice, it doesn't mean he is an animal tho. I wish the best to him and his wonderfull family. As for the others that knew exactly what they were going there to do, they deserve what they get. If my friend really did know the whole situation than I can't describe how dissapointed I would be to find out but we all make our own decisions and must except the consequences. I will suport him to the end tho.
  • by gt Location: denver on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM
    There are alot of people out there that do alot of bad things intentionally and some people that get in situations they may not have intended to be in. One of these men is a good friend of mine, a great family guy and respectfull. I firmly believe he got in this situation not knowing all the details.... and yes it was a bad choice, it doesn't mean he is an animal tho. I wish the best to him and his wonderfull family. As for the others that knew exactly what they were going there to do, they deserve what they get. If my friend really did know the whole situation than I can't describe how dissapointed I would be to find out but we all make our own decisions and must except the consequences. I will suport him to the end tho.
  • by What can we do on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:17 AM
    The majority of people in Colorado Springs are dope smokers, junkies and/or criminals. Too obvious. This was evident at the St. Patrick's Day parade where I saw one fat stupid kid in Pioneer Park wearing what looked like a football or hockey jersey with big marijuana leaves on it. He was carrying a backpack which, I would almost guarantee, had marijuana in it. Can someone tell me why some idiot who was so obvious cannot be searched by a cop? Can someone tell me why there are obvious criminals all around us in this town and we have to wait for them to commit a crime and/or hurt someone before the police can do something about them? I am not blaming the police, because people in general are responsible for some silly laws holding the cops back from doing their job. I say we start getting the scum off the street by letting the police actually do their job. France took sort of the same step when they told Arab women they couldn't wear their head covers in public. It made sense. Why can't we do what is sensible too?
  • by No Fiction on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
    Don''t hide your idiocy behind an act of emotion. These guys are trash. There is lots of trash in the military and outside of the military. We have so much trash in society today, you can only act stupid to pretend you don't see it. There are so many people, including military members, who can easily be pointed out as someone who is going to (I didn't say likely going to) commit some sort of serious crime in their future. Most will commit more than one. If society would stop playing dumb (and it is obvious), then we maybe we could do something about it.
  • by AT Location: colorado springs on Mar 27, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    Look i think they got what they deserve honestly, if people wanna he out "acting" like gangsters then its time to stayed by what they do
  • by shawn on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
    Thank you blessed I am one of the families that is effected by a stupid situation and choice but I lived with this person and he is not a monster as you think they are. Have your judgmental saying and how you feel. That's fine but you not going to say they did it Just to do it. A person mind is very presious and it can change or the littlest things. So no!! No one know what they were thinking and why they did what they did but I can tell you this they were no thugs and didn't come from a broken family or any other bad up bringing. I been a product of military my whole life and I see it all. Just because you don't feel like you not crazy and the war didn't effect you do not mean your not effected. Everyone is different. It hits others differently. Not only my world has been turned upside down by another person action but I have to read all the nonsense people have to say about people they don't know at all. So keep reading the news and being judgmental. The news is going to make it look good and make any person look like the devil. Well I guess that why they call it news. Right? Have to make it look good and juicy for the people. I can't speak for the other men but only one that was a family man that mad a horrible choice. Thank you for reading
  • by SSG on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    Actually I'm writing this from the hospital. Wanna take a guess why I'm here?
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