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Ten Individuals Indicted In June 2013 Federal Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office announced today the results of the June 2013 Federal Grand Jury.

“The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury. A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt. A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Statutory maximum punishments are in parentheses. United States Sentencing Guidelines may be considered, upon conviction, by the sentencing court. Federal prison sentences are non-parolable.”

 

JAMES LEWIS BACCUS, age 29, of Muskogee, OK

Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute
Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Offense
Felon in Possession of a Firearm

The Indictment alleges that from on or about October 1, 2012, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, JAMES LEWIS BACCUS, defendant herein, did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. It further alleges that the defendant, having a previous felony conviction, did knowingly possess a firearm, to wit: one Raven, model MP-25, .25 caliber pistol, with an obliterated serial number, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime for which he may be prosecuted in a court of the United States, that is, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute as alleged in Count One.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The charges are in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(C) and 841(b)(1)(D), punishable by not more than 30 years imprisonment and/or up to a $1,000,000 fine; Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A), punishable by 5 years imprisonment to be served consecutive to any other punishment received and/or up to a $250,000 fine and Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(e), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Waters

 

DAVID ANTHONY BAKER, age 35, of Howe, OK

Production of Certain Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors
Production of Certain Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor by a Registered Sex Offender
Possession of Certain Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors

The Indictment alleges that between in or about August 2011 and March 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, DAVID ANTHONY BAKER, after having received a conviction in the State of California for an offense relating to the sexual exploitation of children did knowingly employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2256(2)(A) and (B), for the purpose of producing any visual depiction, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2256(5), of such conduct, using materials that have been mailed, shipped and transported in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce by any means, including by computer. It further alleges that the defendant did knowingly possess and attempt to possess matters which contained visual depictions, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2256(5), the production of said visual depictions involved the use of a minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2256(2)(A) and (B), and said visual depictions was of such sexually explicit conduct and had been transported in interstate commerce by computer. The charges arose from an investigation by the United States Homeland Security Investigations.

The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and (e), punishable by up to 50 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine; Title 18, United States Code, Section 2260A, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine, consecutive to any other term of imprisonment, and Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252(a)(4)(B) and 2252(b)(2), punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow

 

BRYAN BERRES, age 32, of Fort Gibson, OK

Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

The Indictment alleges that on or about May 9, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, BRYAN BERRES, did knowingly possess a firearm, to-wit: a CTS Model 7290 1.5 second delay Flash-Bang, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and did knowingly possess a destructive device, more particularly described as a metal GOEX black powder container, canon fuse and electric matches, which any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The charges arose from an investigation by the Tulsa Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Veterans Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The charges are all in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5861(d), 5841 and 5871, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000.00 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Ryan Roberts

 

HUR LEE BROWN, age 38, of Muskogee, OK

Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute

The Indictment alleges that on or about February 26, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, HUR LEE BROWN, did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. The charges arose from an investigation by the District 18 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, the McAlester Police Department, the Muskogee Police Department, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The charges are in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C), punishable by not more than 30 years imprisonment and/or up to a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Waters

 

WILLIE JAMES HALLMARK, age 36, of Stilwell, OK

Assault with Intent to Commit Murder in Indian Country

The Indictment alleges that on or about June 6, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, WILLIE JAMES HALLMARK, an Indian, did knowingly and intentionally assault Jason K. and James K. causing injury by stabbing them with a knife with the intent to commit a murder, while on land held in Trust for an individual member of the Cherokee Nation by the United States of America.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(1) and 1153, punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000.00 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris

 

MAURICIO ORTIZ-VARGAS, age 35, of Wagoner, OK
a/k/a MAURICIO ORTIZ
a/k/a MAURICIO HERNANDEZ-CHAVEZ
a/k/a MAURICIO HERNANDEZ

Drug Conspiracy
Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine
Distribution of Methamphetamine
Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime
Illegal Reentry of a Previously Deported Alien
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Possession of a Firearm by Illegal Alien
Drug Forfeiture

The Indictment alleges that beginning in or about 2009, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, and continuing until on or about April 18, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and elsewhere, MAURICIO ORTIZ-VARGAS, also known as Mauricio Ortiz, Mauricio Hernandez-Chavez and Mauricio Hernandez, did willfully and knowingly combine, conspire, confederate and agree with others, known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to commit offenses against the United States in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, to wit: to knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute and distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. It is further alleged that on or about October 15, 2011, ORTIZ-VARGAS did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance; on or about April 12, 2013, ORTIZ-VARGAS did knowingly and intentionally distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance; on or about April 18, 2013, ORTIZ-VARGAS did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, knowingly possessed firearms, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and who is illegally and unlawfully in the United States and was found in the United States after having been deported and removed from the United States on or about May 23, 2003, at or near San Ysidro, California, and not having obtained the express consent of the Attorney General of the Unites States or his successor, the Secretary of Homeland Security, to reapply for admission into the United States. The charges arose from an investigation by the Tulsa Police Department, Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

The charges are in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, punishable by not more than Life imprisonment and/or a $10,000,000 fine; Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), punishable by not more than Life imprisonment and/or a $10,000,000 fine; Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A), punishable by not less than 5 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine; Title 8, United States Code, Sections 1326(a) and 1326(b), punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine; Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine; Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(5), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson

 

JEREMY EDWARD RAMIREZ, age 27, of Stilwell, OK

Felon in Possession of Explosive
Possession of an Unregistered Firearm
Illegally Making a Firearm

The Indictment alleges that on or about April 19, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, JEREMY EDWARD RAMIREZ, having a previous felony conviction, did knowingly possess and make an explosive and firearm , to-wit: One Ireco blasting cap wired to a cellular telephone, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Tahlequah Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, Cherokee Nation Marshal’s Service, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson

 

CHRIS FREDERICK SKADAL, age 44, of Weleetka, OK

Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine
Drug Forfeiture

The Indictment alleges that on or about May 8, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, CHRIS FREDERICK SKADAL did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual), a Schedule II Controlled Substance. The charges arose from an investigation by the District 18 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, District 27 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, McAlester Police Department, Muskogee Police Department, Wagoner Police Department, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The charges are in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), punishable by not more than Life imprisonment and/or up to a $20,000,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson

 

JOHN SNODGRASS, age 41, of Shawnee, OK

Distribution of Methamphetamine
Possession with Intent to Distribute
Drug Forfeiture

The Indictment alleges that on or about February 7, 2013 and March 21, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, JOHN SNODGRASS did knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. The Indictment further alleges that on or about May 1, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, SNODGRASS 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 charges arose from an investigation by the McAlester Police Department, District 18 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, District 21 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The charges are in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C), punishable by not more than 30 years imprisonment and/or a $2,000,000 fine; and Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B), punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment and/or a $8,000,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson

 

JIMMY DALE STRAHAN, age 62, of Pottsboro, TX

Wire Fraud

The Indictment alleges that on or about March 12, 2010, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, JIMMY DALE STRAHAN knowingly devised a scheme to defraud potential investors of Yellowjacket Energy Services, Inc. (Y.E.S.). STRAYHAN marketed and sold shares in Y.E.S., Inc., by falsely representing to potential investors that the company was managed by an Executive Management Team. This scheme caused to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce the signals and sounds from a bank account at Shamrock Bank, Caddo, Oklahoma, transferring the funds to a bank account at Landmark Bank, Pottsboro, Texas.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Durant Police Department and the United States Secret Service. The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Melody Nelson

 

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