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News Release
January 18 , 2005

Drug Trafficker Sentenced In Oklahoma Federal Court

JAN 18 - MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - United States Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling announced today that HAROLD RANDALL PLANK, age 39, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, was sentenced in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, at Muskogee, by U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White. PLANK was sentenced to a non-parolable term of 96 months in the Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release.

PLANK had earlier pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. On July 15, 2004, PLANK was charged by the Grand Jury sitting in and for the Eastern District of Oklahoma along with three co-defendants in an indictment alleging conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. Defendant Stacey Matthew Rhodes pled guilty and was sentenced on December 16, 2004 to a term of 5 years in the Bureau of Prisons, and 4 years of supervised release. Valencia Eugenea Folsom pled guilty and was sentenced on January 11, 2005, to 33 months in the Bureau of Prisons and 4 years of supervised release. The remaining co-defendant, Jackie Howard McGehee, has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

In this case, the charges arose from an investigation by special agents and investigators from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Pocola Police Department, Fort Smith Police Department, LeFlore County District Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs who participated in this extensive investigation. The task force deployment began in early November, 2003.

“The remarkable successes of the task force have produced important federal and state prosecutions, as in this case,” reported U.S. Attorney Sperling. Federal, state and local prosecutors and investigators assembled a team of law enforcement agencies from across the region to launch an investigation of unprecedented scope in this area. The operation was named “Hell on the Border,” for (hanging) Judge Isaac Parker’s jail in Fort Smith.


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