News Release
May 19, 2006

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges, Sentencing for Local Woman

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - United States Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling announced today that in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, at Muskogee, Oklahoma, YOLANDA TRIANA, aka YOLANDA JEAN RODRIGUEZ, age 44, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was sentenced to fifteen (15) years and 1 month imprisonment, five (5) years supervised probation, and a $100 assessment fee for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. “The defendant was sentenced to serve 121 months in prison for the drug charge,” observed U.S. Attorney Sperling. “The court also ordered a consecutive five-year prison term for possessing a gun in connection with the drug offense. Both prison terms must be served without the chance of parole.”

TRIANA and her husband and co-defendant, RICARDO RENATO CALLIRGOS-NAVETTA, aka RECARDO HUMBERTO GUERRERO, aka RENE MIGUEL LOPEZ, age 43, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, were indicted by the federal grand jury sitting on September 15, 2005. “CALLIRGOS-NAVETTA pled guilty to the Indictment on December 30, 2005, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 31, 2006,” reported U. S. Attorney Sperling.

The charges resulted from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration. “On July 25, 2005, an alert trooper made proper inquiry during a traffic stop on I-40 in McIntosh County,” U.S. Attorney Sperling recalled. “Ultimately, a pound of methamphetamine and three firearms were found in a PT Cruiser driven by CALLIRGOS-NAVETTA and in which TRIANA was a passenger. One pistol was recovered from the passenger compartment. Two other guns were in a briefcase near thousands of dollars of crank.”

“Assistant United States Attorney Gregory Dean Burris represented the government during the trial,” U. S. Attorney Sperling noted. “Senior United States District Judge Frank H. Seay presided over the trial and sentencing.”