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Hulburt Man Sentenced To 135 Months For Meth Distribution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that JIMMY RAY PETTIT, a/k/a Black, age 53, of Hulbert, Oklahoma was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and Possession of Controlled Substances with the Intent to Distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A). The defendant was also ordered to pay a $228,000.00 money judgment.

The defendant was indicted back in June, 2011 along with 11 co-defendants. Pettit was found guilty by a federal jury in June, 2012.

The evidence presented at trial proved that the defendant was part of the Springwater organization and that he conspired with his co-defendants in distributing approximately six (6) pounds of methamphetamine per month to customers in Indian Country.

DEA and BIA were initially made aware of the organization by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Adair County Sheriff's Office. Using sophisticated law enforcement techniques, including court authorized telephone wire taps, DEA and BIA made it a priority to investigate and dismantle this drug trafficking organization in Indian Country.

The agencies involved were the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The agencies conducted a year-long methamphetamine investigation centered in Adair County and the Cherokee Nation. The primary focus of the investigation was Patrick Springwater, age 27, of Stilwell, Oklahoma. The Springwater organization was responsible for distributing approximately six (6) pounds of methamphetamine per month to customers in Indian Country.

Additional law enforcement agencies which assisted in the investigation were the Sallisaw Police Department, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, District 27 Drug Task Force, Tahlequah Police Department and the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service.

United States District Judge James H. Payne, from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee presided over the sentencing hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represent the United States.

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