Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sheriff's Office Assists in Investigation

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Guy Coleston McDonald, 32, of Park Hill was sentenced to 292 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release for drug conspiracy. The charges arose from an investigation by the Tahlequah Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The superseding indictment alleged that beginning in or about September 2017, and continuing up to and including the date of the indictment, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant knowingly and intentionally conspired and agreed with others, known and unknown to the grand jury, to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. 

Over the course of the drug conspiracy, the defendant was responsible for the acquisition and eventual distribution of multiple kilograms of methamphetamine throughout the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Through the use of violence he was able to intimidate and threaten others to insure payment for the meth he distributed to them. During the course of collecting and attempting to collect “drug debts,” the defendant pistol-whipped, physically assaulted and stole drugs and a firearm from others. On one occasion, he fired multiple gunshots into the bedroom window of an individual who owed a “drug debt” of $300 to the defendant. The individual was struck in the leg but survived. 

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Hundreds of people die every year in Oklahoma as a result of methamphetamine. It is critical to public safety that local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies continue to diligently pursue drug trafficking organizations responsible for delivery and distribution of this deadly drug in Oklahoma and throughout the country. Because of successful multi-agency investigations like this one, we continue to identify the distribution networks and organizations that deliver the drugs and the tragic outcomes that follow.”

“The availability of illegal drugs and guns lends to increased violent crime in our communities,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek II. “ATF is committed to disrupting that cycle through collaborative investigations like this.” 

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

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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