Operation 700 Ranch Round-Up
OCT 4 -- MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that on Wednesday, October 4, 2006, after nearly three days of trial, DANIEL RAY GRAYSON, age 27, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, was found guilty of Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846 and 841 (a)(1) and (b)(1)(A).
GRAYSON was one of nine federal defendants indicted in the Eastern District of Oklahoma as a result of the March 2006 arrests on drug related charges in South Central Oklahoma and Northern Texas. There were fifteen Federal Indictments for Conspiracy and Distribution of methamphetamine, and eighty-seven State of Oklahoma and State of Texas Indictments for additional drug charges.
“This trial reflected a huge investigative effort,” noted U.S. Attorney Sperling. “This remarkable jury verdict is a testimonial to a massive intergovernmental prosecution.”
“This task force began when Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) supervisors committed resources to an ambitious undertaking,” U.S. Attorney Sperling commented. “OSBI agents did doubletime on this enterprise, while performing many other duties for an unfunded mandate to investigate internet sexual predators of children.”
“OSBI agents did the legwork to parlay information from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, District 20 District Attorney’s Office Task Force, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Ardmore Oklahoma Police Department, Carter County Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Texas Police Department, Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Chicago Illinois Police Department, Denton County Texas Sheriff’s Office, Denton Texas Police Department, United States Marshal Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. This interstate enterprise operated from Oklahoma and Texas and was connected to a violent Chicago street gang known as Satan’s Disciples.”
“Over 100 drug defendants were successfully prosecuted by state and federal prosecutors. District Attorney Craig Ladd handled the lion’s share of the state defendants. U.S. Attorney Matt Orwig tackled a significant number of federal defendants in the Eastern District of Texas,” reflected U.S. Attorney Sperling.
“You have to see an assembly of 200 local, county, state and federal agents who gather in the middle of the night to serve more than 100 arrest warrants, in order to fully grasp the magnitude of this operation,” U.S. Attorney Sperling noted.
“Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace led the troops on the ground. We are gratified that arrestees were safely apprehended and law enforcement officers returned home without injury or incident.”
“The guilty verdict today serves as a reminder to the people of Oklahoma that members of the law enforcement community will diligently work until the last drug dealer is prosecuted and put behind bars. The seizure of over 20 pounds of methamphetamine demonstrates the strength of this organization, whose players are now serving time in prison,” said James L. Capra, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Dallas Field Division.
Chief U.S. District Judge James H. Payne presided over the nearly three day trial in Muskogee. Sentencing will be scheduled following the completion of a presentence report. The defendant could receive ten (10) years to life imprisonment and or up to $4,000,000.00 in fines.
ELIJAH SALAZAR, ROCKY SALAZAR, CODY JOE SHELL, MATTHEW JOHN HORN, ISRAEL HERNANDEZ, CODY ALLEN PIERCE, IRAN LEWIS ROLON, AND SARA CATHERINE BRULE were indicted with GRAYSON. All eight have pled guilty and have been or are awaiting sentencing.
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