Friday, March 2, 2018

Pocola Man, Arrested in Sallisaw, Sentenced in U.S. Court

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Muskogee announced Thursday that Duane Ray Bryant, 31, of Pocola was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, consecutive to state time he is currently serving, and three years supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Indictment alleged that on Jan. 29, 2017, Bryant possessed with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Bryant and two others were arrested Jan. 29, 2017, in Sallisaw in an undercover drug operation in the Walmart parking lot. During the operation Bryant and the other two suspects tried to drive away and struck a police officer, Blake Brunk. Brunk recovered, and the three suspects were arrested after Bryant drove their vehicle into the grassy area on the east side of Walmart.

U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Methamphetamine ruins lives, families, and communities. Those that deal drugs do so for their profit without regard to the destruction it causes. The defendant’s business has been shut down due to the efforts of the Sallisaw Police Department and the DEA, as well as law enforcement agencies in Arkansas, who investigated his criminal activity in that state. We commend those agencies for their work.”

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White presided over the hearing in U.S. District Court in Muskogee. Assistant U.S. Attorney John David Luton represented the United States. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served. 

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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