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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Calhoun City MS Man, Houlka MS Woman Arraigned For Methamphetamine Distribution

“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.”

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that BRANDON JEVAR PITTMAN, 32 of Calhoun City, Mississippi, and DEJA MONET PHILLIPS, 18, of Houlka, Mississippi, were arraigned in federal court today on charges of POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

The Indictment alleges that on or about March 6, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendants, did knowingly possess with the 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 Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearings. Both defendants were remanded into the custody of the United States Marshal Service.

The statutory range of punishment for PITTMAN and PHILLIPS is not less than 5 years and not more than 40 years imprisonment and/or up to $5,000,000.00 in fines.

Assistant United States Attorney Kyle E. Waters represented the United States.

Updated March 12, 2015