December 17, 2004
Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty And A Second Sentenced
OKLAHOMA (DEC 17) - United States Attorney Sheldon J. (Shelly) Sperling
today that Cerrardo Ramirez TREJO,
a/k/a Garerdo Erago Ramirez, a/k/a Gerardo Ramirez Trejo, age 28, of
Poteau, Oklahoma, entered a plea of guilty in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, at Muskogee, to a 1 count
of a felony Indictment .
TREJO was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and
distribution of methamphetamine.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Michael Littlefield, the AUSA who
represented the United States of America in the case, the charges arise from
an investigation by Special Agents and investigators from the Drug Enforcement
Administration, and the Van Buren Arkansas Police Department. On September 19,
2004, in Poteau, LeFlore County, Eastern District of Oklahoma, Cerrardo Ramirez
Trejo, also known as Garerdo Erago Ramirez and Gerardo Ramirez Trejo, delivered
to a confidential informant in a surveilled operation approximately 100 grams
of a substance which field-tested positive for methamphetamine, was found in
possession of in excess of $4,000, the serial numbers of which had been recorded
which was delivered by the confidential informant to Trejo in exchange for controlled
substances; and was found in possession of approximately 8 grams of what appeared
to be a controlled substance, matching the in excess of 100 grams which was positively
field tested to be methamphetamine.
Sentencing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation.
TREJO faces a possible term of life imprisonment, a 5 -year term of supervised
release, and a fine of not more than $4,000,000.00.
United States Attorney Sheldon J. (Shelly) Sperling announced that on December
16, 2004, STACEY MATTHEW RHODES, age 29, of Gans, Oklahoma, was sentenced in
the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, at Muskogee,
by U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White.
RHODES had earlier pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
and distribution of methamphetamine. On July 15, 2004, RHODES was charged by
the Grand Jury sitting in and for the Eastern District of Oklahoma along with
three co-defendants in an indictment alleging conspiracy to possess with intent
to distribute and distribute methamphetamine. Two of the co-defendants, Valencia
Eugenea Folsom and Harold Randall Plank, have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
RHODES was sentenced to a term of 5 years in the Bureau of Prison, and 4 years
of supervised release.
According to Mike Littlefield, the Assistant United States Attorney representing
the government in this case, the charges arise from an investigation by special
agents and investigators from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Pocola
Police Department, Fort Smith Police Department, LeFlore County District Attorney’s
Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma
Bureau of Narcotics, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs who participated in this
extensive investigation. The task force deployment began in early November, 2003.
Acting upon the request of then LeFlore County District Attorney Rob Wallace,
the federal, state and local prosecutors and investigators assembled a team of
law enforcement agencies from across the region to launch an investigation of
unprecedented scope in this area. The operation was named “Hell on the
Border,” for (hanging) Judge Isaac Parker’s jail in Fort Smith.