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

Operation 700 Ranch Round-Up
Final Three Defendants Sentenced - One Receives 30 Years in Prison

JAN 19 -- MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that today the final three defendants in Operation 700 Ranch Round-Up were sentenced.

DANIEL RAY GRAYSON, age 27, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, was sentenced to thirty (30) years imprisonment, 60 months supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100.00 Special Assessment fee. GRAYSON was found guilty by a federal jury in October 2006 of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Methamphetamine.

MATTHEW JOHN HORN, age 37, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 110 months imprisonment on each of two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, to run concurrent, and 36 months supervised release on each count to run concurrent. He was also ordered to pay a Special Assessment fee of $100.00 for each count.

ROCKY SALAZAR, age 30, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 100 months imprisonment, 48 months supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100.00 Special Assessment fee. In September of 2006, the defendant pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Marijuana, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841 (a)(1).

“The 700 Ranch Round-Up was a huge success. We saw numerous law enforcement agencies come together in a unified effort to dismantle this methamphetamine trafficking organization that was crippling our States of Oklahoma and Texas", said DEA Dallas Special Agent in Charge James L. Capra. "The sentences imposed today are a significant continuation of that success.”

“These three defendants were part of the nine federal indictments 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,” recalled U.S. Attorney Sperling. “There were fifteen Federal Indictments for Conspiracy and Distribution of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Cocaine Powder, and eighty-eight State of Oklahoma and State of Texas Indictments for additional drug charges.”

“This task force began when Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) supervisors committed resources to an ambitious undertaking,” U.S. Attorney Sperling continued. “OSBI agents did double-time 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.

“Chief U.S. District Judge James H. Payne presided over today’s sentencing in Muskogee. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Wallace represented the government.”

“Today’s sentencings bring a massive cooperative law enforcement and prosecution effort to a remarkably successful conclusion,” U.S. Attorney Sperling concluded.