News Release
November 14, 2006

Tulsa Resident Sentenced for Meth Conviction

NOV 14 -- MUSKOGEE , OKLAHOMA – United States Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling announced today that SERESA ANN KESSELRING, a/k/a Seresa Ann French, a/k/a Seresa Ann Layman, age 36, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was sentenced for conspiracy to manufacture, possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, in violation of 21U.S.C. § 846.

“The charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Tahlequah Police Department, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse,” continued U.S. Attorney Sperling.

“KESSELRING pled guilty to the charges in May of this year,” commented U.S. Attorney Sperling. “The defendant was part of the conspiracy led by her father, CLONNIE ALONZO LAYMAN, who used his commercial welding business in Eufaula as a mechanism for purchasing large quantities of anhydrous ammonia.”

“Co-defendant HONG SON NGUYEN owned a convenience store in Oklahoma City . NGUYEN acquired and provided to LAYMAN large quantities of over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine. He was convicted in July by a federal jury and is in jail awaiting sentencing.”

“LAYMAN cultivated a pool of methamphetamine manufacturers. In tandem they developed a number of locations at which methamphetamine could be manufactured. LAYMAN supplied the materials and they all “cooked” the meth, paying LAYMAN with finished product. The product was then disseminated to numerous parties for further distribution to users of the illicit drug.”

“This network of meth manufacturing and distribution was perhaps the largest at the time in Oklahoma ,” remarked U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling at the time of LAYMAN’s guilty verdict in July. “We are grateful to the law enforcement officers and agents who, through diligent investigative efforts over an extended period of time, brought an end to this deadly drug operation.”

“Chief U.S. District Judge James H. Payne presided over today’s sentencing. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States .”