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Tahlequah Man Sentenced To 180 Months For Crack Distribution Conspiracy

February 6, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that JOHN MARK KEYS, a/k/a Mark J. Keys, a/k/a John Keys, age 42, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment, followed by 4 years of supervised release for an Information charging him with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.

Charges arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Violent Crime Task Force, which includes; Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, District 27 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, the Tahlequah Police Department and the Muskogee Police Department.

The Information filed in October, 2012, alleged that beginning in or about April, 2010 and continuing until in or about April, 2012, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did willfully and knowingly combine, conspire, confederate and agree with others to knowingly and intentionally distribute 28 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base, also known as “crack” cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over today’s hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

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