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Tahlequah Woman Sentenced To 235 Months For Manufacture Of Methamphetamine Where Children Are Present Or Reside

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September 20, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that BRENDA TONIECE VANN, age 54, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma was sentenced to 235 months imprisonment, followed by 8 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B); Manufacture of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C), and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2 and Manufacture of Methamphetamine on Premises Where Children are Present or Reside, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 860a, and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

The charges are a result from an investigation by the District 27 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, the Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The defendant was indicted in March, 2013, along with ANDREW KELLI BRADDOCK, age 20, and LISA AUTUMN SHIANN CREECH, age 23, both of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Each previously entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing.

The Indictment alleged that beginning on about August 31, 2012 and continuing until on or about January 23, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendants did willfully and knowingly combine, conspire, confederate and agree together, to knowingly and intentionally manufacture 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance and aided and abetted one another to knowingly and intentionally manufacture a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

The Indictment further alleged that the defendants committed those crimes while creating a substantial risk of harm to human life on the premises where an individual under the age of eighteen was present or resided.

The Honorable James H. Payne, Chief District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which she will serve her nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

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