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OPERATION "DEALER'S CHOICE": Two McAlester Men Sentenced To 46 Months For Crack Distribution

June 19, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today the sentencings of LEONARD RAY AUSTIN, a/k/a Lenny, age 34, of McAlester, Oklahoma, and NATHAN BERNARD JOHNSON, a/k/a Nathan Pointer, age 47, of McAlester, Oklahoma.

The defendants were indicted in August, 2012 in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation known as “Dealer’s Choice”. They pled guilty to a felony Information charging them with Conspiracy To Possess With Intent To Distribute And Distribute 28 Grams Or More Of A Mixture Or Substance Containing A Detectable Amount Of Cocaine Base, A/K/A Crack Cocaine, A Schedule II Controlled Substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841(b)(1)(B).

AUSTIN was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment and 4 years supervised release on May 14, 2013 and JOHNSON was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release on June 18, 2013.

Charges arose from an investigation conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with the District 18 Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, McAlester Police Department, Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department, Krebs Police Department, Muskogee Police Department, Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The multi-jurisdictional investigation revealed that beginning in or about May 2011 and continuing until on or about April 24, 2012, the defendants conspired to knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine base, a/k/a crack cocaine within the McAlester, Oklahoma area.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge, presided over the hearings. The defendants will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which they will serve their nonparolable sentences.

This case was prosecuted under the United States Attorney’s Office, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States.

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