News Release
May 5, 2008

Operation Sixkiller Nets Another Guilty Plea

MAY 5 -- MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that ERNEST EDWARDS, JR., age 43, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base a/k/a “crack” cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. Section 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A)(iii).

“Charges arose from a huge task force investigation coordinated by our office under the Drug Enforcement Administration umbrella,” reported U.S. Attorney Sperling. “This particular case was the product of work by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. An OBN undercover agent facilitated this important case.”

“On May 23, 2007, EDWARDS had in his possession and intended to distribute crack cocaine. On December 18, 2007, a felony information was filed charging EDWARDS with possessing and distributing cocaine base.”

“The Honorable James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the defendant’s guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. The defendant is in the custody of the United States Marshal Service, pending the pronouncement of sentence.”

“The statutory range of punishment is not less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, and/or up to $4,000,000.00 in fines,” stated U.S. Attorney Sperling. “A preliminary guideline calculation suggested an advisory range of 262 - 327 months.”

“This prosecution is just one of over 90 arrest warrants issued in Operation Sixkiller,” reported U.S. Attorney Sperling. “The task force effort joined 22 local, county, state and federal prosecution and investigative agencies. District 25 District Attorney Tom Giulioli and District 15 District Attorney Larry Moore are leading the state prosecutions. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace is the lead federal prosecutor for this task force.”


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