November 02, 2018
Contact: SA Elaine Cesare
Phone Number: (571) 324-7520
Two found with approximately 1,260 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in Norman are charged with possession with intent to distribute
OKLAHOMA CITY – Enrique Lara, 36, of Chicago, Illinois, and Jasmine Morales, 21, of McAllen, Texas, were charged yesterday with possessing with intent to distribute approximately 1,260 pounds of liquid methamphetamine, announced Special Agent in Charge Clyde E. Shelley, Jr., of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Robert J. Troester of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma.
On Oct. 22, 2018, law enforcement in Norman found approximately 1,260 pounds—or approximately 150 gallons—of liquid methamphetamine in the fuel tank of a semi-trailer truck parked in the parking lot at a Norman hotel. The affidavit in support of the complaint alleges that Lara was the driver and Morales was the passenger of the vehicle. According to the affidavit, the estimated value of the liquid methamphetamine may exceed $3,000,000 in the Oklahoma City area.
“DEA is committed to working with all of our law enforcement counterparts and the citizens of Oklahoma to eradicate methamphetamine in any form, said Special Agent in Charge Shelley. "DEA will work hand-in-hand with the United States Attorney’s Office to investigate and aggressively prosecute those involved in the distribution of methamphetamine."
If convicted of the methamphetamine offense, each defendant faces a minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and up to life imprisonment.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the District 21 Drug Task Force, and the Norman Police Department. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma is prosecuting this case with the assistance of, and in partnership with, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn and his office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas J. Patterson and David P. Petermann are prosecuting the case.
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