Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Muldrow Man Pleads Guilty in U.S. Court

A Muldrow man plead guilty to three charges in U.S. District Court in Muskogee and faces a prison sentence of up to life and a fine of up to $1.5 million, or both.

Edward Robert Saldana II, 30, entered the guilty plea Tuesday, the U.S. attorney’s office reported. He pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and oxycodone.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Saldana was indicted in February.

The indictment alleged that on Dec. 10 Saldana possessed with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of oxycodone. It further alleges that on the same date Saldana possessed a firearm and did so in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will follow the report’s completion. Saldana remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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