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Friday, June 25, 2010

Idabel Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Distribution Charges

MUSKOGEE, OK—Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that JAKOVAN DISHUN LEWIS, a/k/a, J.K. Lewis, a/k/a “J”, age 28, of Idabel, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 500 grams or More of a Mixture or Substance Containing a Detectable Amount of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), 846 and 853 drug forfeiture.

The investigation began in 2004. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Wallace led the complex inter-district, multi-state prosecution. Agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN), Drug Enforcement Administration, Choctaw and McCurtain County Sheriff’s Departments, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Lamar County Texas District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, McAlester Police Department, Krebs Police Department, the United States Marshal Service, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Civil Air Patrol participated in the investigation. This investigation targeted the sale of diverted prescription drugs and illicit drugs in Southeast Oklahoma and Northeast Texas. The investigation was coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) of the Eastern District of Oklahoma. OCDETF is an initiative led in and coordinated by the Office of the United States Attorney.

LEWIS was indicted in August, 2009, along with GREG CLIFFON MURRAY a/k/a “BIRD”, age 37 of Midwest City, Oklahoma. MURRAY pled guilty to the same charges on September 30, 2009.

The Indictment alleged that beginning in approximately 2007, and continuing into March 2009, LEWIS sold large quantities of methamphetamine to Charles Edward King. In order to accomplish the objects of the conspiracy, MURRAY would then acquire large quantities of methamphetamine and other controlled substances from KING for the purpose of distribution to other distributors and users of the controlled substances.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate 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. LEWIS will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is up to life in prison and/or up to $4,000,000.00 in fines. A preliminary calculation of the sentencing guidelines predicts a term of 121-151 months' imprisonment.

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

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