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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 21, 2014

Muskogee Man Pleads Guilty To Methamphetamine Distribution

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that JOSHUA RAY HIGGINS, age 27, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B).

Charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The defendant was indicted in December, 2013.

The Indictment alleged that on or about November 15, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is not less than 5 and not more than 40 years imprisonment and/or up to a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

Updated March 12, 2015