News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2008
Contact: Terri K. Wyatt
Special Agent/PIO
Number: 214-366-6900

Muskogee, OK, Man Faces up to 9 Years Imprisonment for
Distribution of Methamphetamine

JAN 16 -- MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that RODNEY COLE, age 29, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, pled guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, in violation Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(C).

“Charges arose from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Muskogee Police Department.  In July, 2007, COLE was indicted for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine,” stated U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling. 

“On August 19, 2004, DEA and Muskogee Police Department agents made undercover purchases of methamphetamine from COLE,” continued U.S. Attorney Sperling.

“The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, 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.  The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.” 

“A preliminary advisory federal sentencing guideline review projects COLE could face up to 108 months imprisonment.”

“The statutory range of punishment is up to 20 years imprisonment and/or up to $1,000,000.00 in fines,” stated U.S. Attorney Sperling.         

“Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the government.”

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