Lakes' arrest gives one family solace from tragedy

A father never expects to bury his son, but that isexactly what Talihina resident Jesse Williams had to dolast year when his son, Brandon, died. Adding to the tragedyof Brandon’s death was the way he died. Brandon diedon March 23, 2011, at age 27 of a heroin overdose at hishome in Talihina.Jesse says that from an early age, he and his son wouldgo hunting together and that his son loved hunting, fishing,camping, and the outdoors.“It’s hard to deal with, even now,” says Jesse. Evennow, more than a year since his son’s death, the pain ofJesse’s loss is immediately apparent. Jesse can take somecomfort, however, in the fact that his son’s death led to aninvestigation that has taken two suspected drug dealers offthe streets of Talihina.Ramon Lafayette Lake, 58, and his son, Landry SeanLake, 25, both of Talihina, were indicted in June on chargesof conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlleddangerous substance. The indictment states thatLandry would acquire quantities of heroin and then shipthem to his father.Though the indictment never specifically mentionsBrandon, it does state that on the day before his death,Ramon Lake sent a text message to an unnamed personthat read, “Good news later tonight” and that the unnamed person replied with a text message and later a phone call before visiting Ramon Lake at his home. According to the indictment, the unnamed person was found at home the next day, dead from a heroin over-dose. The indictment states that Ramon Lake continued to receive packages from his son, including one on May 19 that contained approximately 5.27 grams of heroin. The U.S. District Attorney’s Office for Eastern Oklahoma asserts that Lake and his son received heroin through the mail with the intention to sell it. At their indictment in June, the Lakes were released on bond. Their jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 6. If convicted, both men face up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $1 million. “We, Brandon’s family and friends, would like to thank Sheriff Bruce Curnutt and his deputy Duane Oliver and the rest of his staff. I would also like to thank Pushmataha County deputy Floyd Branson and agent Brad Balch with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics,” said Jesse. “We’d like to thank all the law enforcement officials involved.”