Two Plead Guilty in Case Involving Methamphetamine
Lab in Indian Country
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today, JOHN PETER McDONALD, 35, of Elgin, Oklahoma, pled guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and VERNA MARIE MIHECOBY, 29, from Fletcher, Oklahoma, pled guilty to maintaining a premises for manufacturing methamphetamine in Comanche County, within Indian country, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
McDonald and Mihecoby were indicted on July 10, 2012. Today, at their plea hearings, McDonald admitted that he manufactured methamphetamine on April 25, 2012, in Comanche County. Mihecoby admitted that she allowed McDonald to engage in the manufacture of methamphetamine on the property where she resided. At sentencing, McDonald faces up to forty years in federal prison and a 5 million dollar fine. Mihecoby faces up to twenty years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine. A sentencing date will be set by the Court in approximately 90 days.
The case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Comanche Nation Tribal Police and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvo Q. Mikkanen.