Monday, April 27, 2020

Sheriff's Dept. Assists in Drug Case

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Takila Shauntel Carpenter, 34, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was sentenced to 180 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charges arose from an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). 

The indictment alleged that on or about Sept. 19, 2019 the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. 

U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Each year methamphetamine cuts short the lives of hundreds of Oklahomans and thousands more across the nation. As the death toll continues to rise, drug cartels continue to flood our country with this poison. I commend the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and HSI for this multi-jurisdictional investigation. Their investigation and the resulting prosecution prevented kilograms of methamphetamine from distribution into communities and has put an end to this defendant’s role in trafficking drugs.” 

“Methamphetamine ravages and negatively impacts societies across this nation, and individuals involved in the trafficking of this dangerous drug are contributing to the demise of countless lives and devastation of our communities,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of HSI Dallas. “Every time we put a meth pusher behind bars, we’re protecting our citizens and that’s a win for public safety.” 

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. district judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States at the sentencing hearing.

KXMX News Staff 

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