News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2007
Contact: Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney
Rob Wallace, Assistant United States Attorney

Female Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years in Prison
Methamphetamine Found in Make-Up Kit

JAN 19 -- MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - United States Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling announced today that WENDY WATSON, age 37, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment, 60 months supervised release, and ordered to pay a Special Assessment fee of $100.00.

“The defendant pled guilty in August 2006 to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” stated U.S. Attorney Sperling.  “The charges arose from a traffic stop by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) in McIntosh County in March 2006, and was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration,” recalled U.S. Attorney Sperling.

“WATSON, the driver of a 2006 Dodge Stratus rental car from Phoenix, was stopped on eastbound I-40 in McIntosh County for following too closely.  An OHP drug canine alerted on the trunk and passenger side door of the vehicle.  The officer found 79.84 grams of actual methamphetamine inside a female makeup kit.   Also found were various articles of paraphernalia including small baggies, smoking pipes, and a Bunsen burner.” 

“WATSON claimed to be from Van Buren, Arkansas, and a passenger in the car claimed to be from Mexico, currently living in Phoenix.  The passenger was later identified as an illegal alien wanted on federal charges in Arizona. They were en route from Phoenix to Van Buren. Upon questioning, WATSON claimed complete responsibility for the drugs and her passenger made no statements whatsoever.   The passenger was retuned to Arizona.”

 “WATSON was also in possession of five cellular telephones, only four of which were active. She was also in possession of a book titled "Busted, Drug War Survival Skills" which offers defensive legal strategies to mitigate prosecution.”

“The Honorable James H. Payne, United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over today’s sentencing.  Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the government,” concluded U.S. Attorney Sperling.